A 22-year-old man has been jailed for just over two years for the robbery of a 52-year-old woman in Rotherham town centre a year ago.
David Ziga (right), formerly of Eastwood, Rotherham, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday 3 November to be jailed after pleading guilty to robbery at an earlier court hearing.
He was sentenced to 28 months in prison.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Ellen Speight said: “Ziga approached his victim, a 52-year-old woman walking through the town centre, under the guise of asking her for the time.
“He then violently grabbed the woman’s handbag, snatching it from her and running from Howard Street, where the robbery took place. “While his victim was not injured, this took place in the early hours of the morning and must have been very frightening.
“Ziga has actively evaded police and fled the country, though he returned to the UK in September this year and was arrested last month.
“I’m pleased he is now behind bars for this crime and I hope the victim is reassured knowing that we have finally been able to bring Ziga to justice.”