A distinctive pair of robbers have been jailed over a subway attack in which a woman had her handbag stolen.
Adam Greening and Joseph Stride, both 18, targeted the victim as she walked to work through the underpass beneath Kirkgate in Wakefield city centre.
CCTV footage showed 6ft 9ins tall Greening and his diminutive accomplice Stride, who stands at 5ft 2ins, running from the scene.
The pair used the keys to her Mini Cooper but were unable to drive the vehicle. Witnesses described how they made repeated attempts to drive out of a car park but kept stalling.
Greening was still in the vehicle trying to put it in gear when police arrested him nearby on Park Lodge Lane.
Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court how the pair targeted the woman as she walked to work at 8am on July 10 this year. Greening grabbed the woman’s handbag and was then helped by Stride.
The woman was left bruised and shaken after being pulled to the ground and dragged along the floor. The pair were arrested a short time later after police were contacted.
Greening, of Saville Street, Wakefield, and Stride, of Kershaw Avenue, Castleford, pleaded guilty to robbery and taking a vehicle with the owner’s consent.
They both have long criminal records and carried out the robbery after meeting on a young offenders programme. Stride has served eight sentences since being first sent to custody aged 12.
Greening was sent to a young offenders’ institution for 14 months and Stride for 30 months.
Jon Wilkinson, for Greening, said his client had learning difficulties and had been bullied by other inmates since being remanded.
Keith Whitehouse, for Stride, said his client accepted that he would be facing a lengthy period in custody because of his long record.
Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, told Stride: “At the age of 18 you have acquired for yourself one of the worst criminal records I have ever seen.”