6 February 2013
A Norwich robber who was stopped in his tracks by determined
officers, who followed his footprints through the snowy city
streets, is now behind bars.
Police were called to Pottergate in the early hours on Friday 18
January at about 4.15am after being alerted to a robbery by city
council CCTV operators.
A 19-year-old student was heading home after a night out and was
unlocking his bike when he was approached by two men.
The victim was punched in the face and fell to the floor where
the robbers riffled through his pockets, stealing a wallet, mobile
phone and cash.
Officers responding to the robbery had big clues on where to go
and followed footprints in the snow. The trail led them towards
Anglia Square and one of the suspects was eventually arrested in
nearby Willis Street.
Margiris Jogela, 22 and of no fixed abode, was questioned by
detectives at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre and later
charged with the offence.
Jogela, from Lithuania, pleaded guilty to robbery and was jailed
at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, Tuesday 5 February, to two years
and eight months.
The city’s senior police officer, Superintendent Paul Sanford,
said: “This was a nasty incident involving a lone young student who
was making his way home from a night out.
“Officers followed the footprints for about half-an-hour and the
snow was deep enough to leave a copy of the tread which we were
able to match up with the suspect’s footwear after he was
“Ironically, while heavy snow had caused problems for many
people, it was significant in helping us catch this dangerous
individual who has now been taken off the city’s streets. “Robbery
is a crime which can have a significant impact on victims and this
is something we will not stand for.”
Despite extensive enquiries the second suspect has not been
located and the investigation remains open.