New forensics catch robber five years on

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A ROBBER has been caught five years after stealing a wallet and a phone after police tracked him down with new forensics.

Craig Grimshaw, 24, of Barnsley Avenue, Conisbrough, pleaded guilty to robbery after attacking a man and stealing his wallet and phone in Balby in July 2005.

The victim had been walking towards the subway near to Bainbridge Road when he felt someone grab him from behind and drag him down the slope towards the subway, a police spokesman said.

The victim was injured and was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Scenes of crime officers kept a palm print found on the subway wall at the time and as forensic mark research has improved, they were eventually able to identify Grimshaw as the offender, the spokesman said.

Grimshaw appeared at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court in December and pleaded guilty to the robbery, police said.

He was bailed and is due to reappear at Doncaster Crown Court at a date to be fixed.

Det Con Neil Turner said: “This is a great result which shows how forensics have developed over the last few years. Without the palm print, we would not have been able to identify the man responsible.”