Drug addict jailed for snatching woman’s purse, carrying a fake gun and stealing booze
11:54 16 February 2017
He was sentenced on Tuesday
A thief who targeted a woman walking on her own at night has been jailed.
Ashley Adams, from Northfleet, spotted his victim walking through Bentley Street in Gravesend at night in October last year.
He pretended to be on his phone as he walked behind her, but as he passed by, he slowed his pace to grab her purse, before running away.
The 21-year-old took his victim’s bank card and dumped the purse in nearby Milton Road.
Police found Adams based on a description of him given by the victim.
He was arrested and admitted his guilt in custody.
On Tuesday, February 14, he was sentenced to 16-months in prison.
The sentence includes two months for possessing a BB gun in a public place and two months for the theft of alcohol from a shop.
Both offences took place on New Year’s Eve 2016.
Det const Mike Champion of Kent Police said: “The victim of the robbery in this case suffered a terrifying experience at the hands of Ashley Adams, who gave little thought to her welfare and only cared about how he was going to fund his drug addiction.
“He is a young man who has unfortunately taken a wrong turn in life, and I hope he concentrates on getting the help he needs while he serves his time in prison.”