Aldi robber jailed after stab threats to staff

Christopher Wojtylo referred himself to homeless charity St George's Crypt
Christopher Wojtylo referred himself to homeless charity St George's Crypt
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A robber who threatened to stab an Aldi store cashier before making off with cash has been locked up for four and a half years.

Christopher Wojtylo, 44, was caught after he left a plastic glove at the scene of the robbery and it was found to contain his DNA.

Leeds Crown Court heard Wojtylo entered the store in Beeston shortly before closing time, around 10pm on July 30 last year.

Wojtylo approached the male cashier and ordered him to open the till.

The cashier initially refused but Wojtylo took out the knife and threatened to stab him.

Wojtylo then reached into the till and grabbed cash before running off. He dropped some of the money and a plastic glove as he fled. The glove was recovered by police who realised it was the same as those available at petrol stations.

Officers viewed CCTV from the petrol station opposite the supermarket and saw Wojtylo walk onto the forecourt shortly before the time of robbery and take gloves from a dispenser.

His DNA was later recovered from the glove. The court heard the victim had suffered from extreme stress as a result of his ordeal and has moved to work in a different store as he was fearful of the attacker returning.

Wojtylo pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a blade in a public place. Allan Armbrister, mitigating, said Wojtylo committed the offence to fund his addiction to drink and drugs. Reverend Roger Quick, chaplain to the homeless at St George's Crypt, in Leeds city centre, addressed the court on Wojtylo’s behalf.

He described how the defendant had voluntarily referred himself to a ‘dry hostel’ run by the crypt.

Rev Quick said Wojtylo had been making excellent progress in beating his addictions. Jailing Wojtylo, judge Robins Mairs said: “The consequences of your actions have lived with that cashier every day since.”

“Those who work in supermarkets at late hours of the evening are to some extent vulnerable.”