Robber who held up the same Lozells shop five times at knifepoint is jailed for 12 years

A man who robbed the same Birmingham shop at knifepoint five times has been jailed for 12 years.

Tyrone Dorsett

Tyrone Dorsett

Tyrone Dorsett was caught after saliva was found on a beer can.

He struck five times at the Bangla Bazaar convenience store in Leonard Road, Lozells, between December 29th last year and January 16th.

Each time Dorsett – who wore a mask during the offences – threatened the shopkeeper with a large knife before making off with cash and packets of cigarettes.

He also fled with takings from shops in Burbury Street and Selston Road, Lozells, on January 26th and 27th – the latter despite being tackled by two female staff members who fought in vane to stop him grabbing the till.

But when CCTV showed him drinking from and discarding a beer can before one of his raids, it was recovered and checked for DNA.

Dorsett, who was living in Inkerman Tower, Newtown, admitted a total of 15 robberies and one count of assault with intent to rob between 10 November 10th and February 5th.

Investigating officer, PC Sherrie Watkins, said: “Dorsett is a dangerous man – a bully who thinks nothing about carrying a knife in public and using it to threaten vulnerable people.

“In addition to the shop robberies we discovered he’d committed four robberies against the same 66-year-old man in Newtown. The fearful victim moved out of his flat and went to stay with a friend – but was robbed again after being tracked down by Dorsett.

“We knew the offences were linked but had no idea Dorsett was living locally and witnesses could only describe him as ‘T’ – his nickname. Our breakthrough came with the DNA return on the beer can.

“I’m glad the court has noted the severity of these incidents and handed him a lengthy jail sentence. People need to know understand carrying a knife in public, irrespective of whether it’s used to injure, is likely to lead to imprisonment.”

Enquiries also showed that Dorsett was responsible for an assault on a postman in Markford Walk, Newtown, on November 10th after climbing into his delivery van, producing a flick-knife and demanding money.

He also snatched a purse from a woman in Melbourne Avenue on January 6th and robbed a Good Samaritan in New Town Row, at midday on 5 February who’d initially gone to help Dorsett after seeing him trip in the street

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