Man who threatened woman with knife before stealing her bank card after conning her into giving him a lift is jailed

Date published: 17 November 2020

A man who conned a woman into giving him a lift in Rochdale before stealing her bank card and making fraudulent purchases has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Craig Parkinson, 35, of Dukinfield was yesterday (Monday 16 November) sentenced to five years and three months in prison at Manchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to robbery, possession of a bladed article and three counts of fraud by false representation.

Parkinson approached a woman in Rochdale at around 2pm on Sunday 6 September, claiming he needed a lift because he was being pursued by a gang of men.

The woman drove the man to Peel Street where he asked her to pull over, before reaching into the back of her vehicle to grab her handbag. A struggle ensured, whereupon Parkinson produced a large knife and held it to the woman's throat, before fleeing the vehicle with the bag.

He then used the woman's bank card to make several purchases from convenience stores, including for alcohol and bunches of flowers.

On Wednesday 9 September, officers from Rochdale's Neighbourhood Task Force conducted enquiries in the area and arrested Parkinson.

Inspector Andrew Fern of GMP's Rochdale District said: "We can't understate the impact this offence has had on the woman. 

"Her life was turned upside down by Parkinson's vicious and selfish acts of criminality.

"Our thoughts are with her and we hope that this sentence will help offer some measure of closure now that Parkinson is behind bars.

"I would like to take the opportunity to thank the team of officers from the Rochdale Neighbourhood Task Force who quickly and effectively brought Parkinson to justice and continue to make Rochdale a safer place to live."


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