A robber who carried out two car jackings within 30 minutes has been jailed for five years.
Wally Smith, 32, of Gypsy Lane, Little Dunmow, was sentenced for his part in the offences when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, October 12.
In the first car jacking, the driver of a BMW was parking his car at The Swan pub in Station Road, Felsted, at about 8pm on March 15 when two men approached and tapped on his window.
As the victim opened his door, one of the suspects threatened him with a knife and told him to get out.
They stole the car, which crashed at Birchanger Green service station at junction 8 of the M11 in Bishop’s Stortford at about 8.30pm after trying to evade police.
They then ran the sliproad towards stationary traffic.
One of the men slammed his hands on the bonnet of a Mercedes and attempted to open the driver’s door but failed.
It was a fingerprint taken from the bonnet that led to Smith being identified later.
He and the other man then ran towards a Vauxhall Agila and tried to pull the driver out.
The victim got out and the suspects got in the car and drove off, forcing their way through traffic.
Officers pursued it on the A1060 before it crashed into metal gates at a farm in White Roding.
The suspects fled the scene and Smith was arrested on March 29 and charged with a string of offences.
He admitted on October 1, two counts of robbery, attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon in public, criminal damage and handling stolen goods following a reported burglary in Baythorne End on May 12.
Smith was sentenced for four-and-a-half years for each of the two robberies and the attempted robbery, six months for the offensive weapon and three months for the criminal damage, to run concurrently, and six months for handling stolen goods, to run consecutively. He was therefore jailed for a total of five years.
The other man remains outstanding and anyone who has information can call Braintree CID on 101 or report information online by visiting www.essex.police.uk/do-it-online.
Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.