Thug robbed woman and threatened to burn down her house; After initially being friendly, Luke Armes became aggressive and demanded money.
Byline: Claire Harrison
A thug who threatened a woman with two knives and told her he would 'set her house on fire' if she told the cops has been jailed.
Luke Armes, 30, of Lime Grove, Nuneaton, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for what has been described as a 'terrifying' robbery at a home in Black-a-Tree Road, Nuneaton.
The victim, a woman in her 40s, knew Armes and let him into her house on August 21 last year.
After initially being friendly, Armes became aggressive and demanded money.
He emptied the contents of her handbag before pulling a television off the wall.
He then went to the kitchen, picked up two knives and used them to threaten the woman.
Police say that he also threatened to set the house on fire if she told the police.
Armes was arrested nearby a short time after the incident.
Warwickshire Police said, while in custody, Armes damaged police intercom and CCTV systems.
At Warwick Crown Court on Monday, February 4, he pleaded guilty to robbery and to two counts of criminal damage.
He was sentenced to two months to run concurrently for each offence.
Det Sgt Todd Lomax, of theNuneaton Offender Management Unit (OMU),said: "This was a terrifying robbery, committed against the victim by someone she knew, who violently turned against her.
"Armes was promptly arrested by officers after the initial report to police and was remanded into custody by the OMU team, he was later linked to the offence through blood found at the scene which helped to secure his guilty plea."
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Credit: Warwickshire Police Force
Luke Armes who has been jailed for two-and-a-half years