Thief who threatened staff at Northfield and Weoley Castle supermarkets with machete and ‘HIV’ needle jailed for four years

Written by on September 29, 2018

A PROLIFIC thief who threatened shop staff in Northfield and Weoley Castle with a machete and a needle has been jailed for more than four years.

West Midlands Police found Daniel Heaney hiding in a tent following his crimes which saw him target supermarkets six times a week.

The 37-year-old’s spree started when he stole bottles of vodka from Sainsbury’s in Northfield.

After being approached by security staff he pulled out a syringe claiming he had HIV and threatened to jab a staff member before fleeing.

He then targeted Asda on Barnes Hill five times, pulling out a needle on one occasion and a machete which he brandished to a terrified staff member on another.

The thief was caught after he stole 20 candles from Asda on August 20 and was caught in a tent in woodland off Middleacre Road where he was arrested from a tent which he was believed to be living in. His haul of stolen goods included clothing, electrical goods and accessories.

Heaney, of no fixed address, admitted five counts of theft, a robbery and possession of an offensive weapon was sentenced to four years and four months at Birmingham Crown Court.

Det Insp Gemma Currie from force CID, said: “Heaney was proving a prolific thief and thought nothing of intimidating and terrorising others in the process.

“I hope his sentence provides some comfort to those he has traumatised with his threats.”

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