A TEENAGE robber who held a knife to the throat of a 15-year-old has been locked up for four and a half years.
At Leeds Crown Court, Karl Murgatroyd, 19, admitted the robbery as well as burgling a garage and taking a bike from another teenager.
He asked for 17 other offences dating back to 2007 to be taken into consideration, including three robberies and five burglaries, as he was sent to youth custody.
The court heard that Murgatroyd, of Broadlea Mount, Bramley, Leeds, struck in Cavendish Road, on January 11. He sat behind the 15-year-old on a bus, saw him use his mobile phone, then followed him of the bus.
He pulled out a six-inch kitchen knife and ordered the boy to hand over his phone.
The court was also told Murgatroyd burgled a garage in Cavendish Grove, Guiseley, on January 17 and stole three mountain bikes worth £1,000.
He also stole a bike from a 17-year-old youth in Broad Lane, Bramley, on January 25 after he confronted him and repeatedly said “Do you know who I am?”
He was arrested after police spotted him riding the stolen bike.
Sgt Lee Fletcher, of north west Leeds division’s offender management unit, said: “The judge commented that Murgatroyd has an appalling criminal history for someone of such a young age.
“He also highlighted that the 15-year-old boy he robbed must have been traumatised by his actions.
“Murgatroyd is a prolific offender who has consistently refused to engage with us in our repeated efforts to break his cycle of offending.
“We are very pleased that he has received such a lengthy sentence. We hope it helps to reassure the people who have suffered as a result of his actions.”
The offender management unit targets the hardcore of offenders who are behind the majority of crimes in the division.