JAILED: Man disguised as woman carries out machete cashpoint robbery
A robber, who posed as a woman and threatened a man with a machete during a cashpoint robbery, has been jailed.
Christopher Taylor wore a brunette wig when he threatened his victim with a machete in the early hours of November 8 last year.
The 25-year-old forced the man to hand over his bank card, PIN details and £50 in cash after approaching him in Brickhouse Lane, Tipton.
He then withdrew £200 before fleeing in a Peugeot 206, which was discovered by police an hour later in Wednesbury.
Officers found women's clothing inside the car and forensically linked Taylor to the wig he left behind.
Investigations from police then linked Taylor to another knifepoint robbery where a woman had her handbag stolen while with her 11-year-old son in Lichfield Street, Walsall, on December 8 last year.
He had stolen £250 from a woman during a cashpoint theft in the same street two days before, and also threatened a man with a broken glass bottle to his throat after believing he had contacted his girlfriend last July.
Taylor, of Tadmore Close, Bilston, was convicted of the offences after a trial and was jailed for seven years at Wolverhampton Crown Court on May 29.
Detective Constable Jason Fowler, from force CID, said: "Taylor may have tried to disguise himself as a woman but there was nothing lady-like about his actions.
"He may have thought putting on a wig would hide his identity, but it proved his downfall as we were able to forensically link him to the robbery through this.
"He thought nothing against threatening others and taking what wasn’t his own, now he and his alter ego face a lengthy period behind bars."
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