A ROBBER who held up staff at a Sheffield B&Q store before going on the run for six years has finally been jailed for 13-and-a-half years.
Steven Brammer, aged 52, from Handsworth, was part of a masked gang who tied up and threatened 27 workers with knives and machetes at the DIY superstore in Queens Road before making off with over £16,400.
He fled to Spain following the robbery in December 2004, but was caught last year by police who found him carrying more than 25kg of cannabis.
Judge Alan Goldsack QC told Sheffield Crown Court that Brammer was a “professional criminal” who had previously been jailed for robbing a post office in Park Grange Drive, Norfolk Park.
Brammer, along with accomplice Jason Williams and a third man who has never been traced, burst into the B&Q in at around 6am, brandishing knives and machetes. Staff had their hands tied and were taken to an office where they were forced to lie on the floor.
One of the masked raiders struck a member of staff so hard with a knife that it broke the blade in two. A worker needed 12 stitches in a finger after putting up his arms to defend himself.
One staff member managed to make a PA system announcement alerting manager Rachel Sands to the robbery. She was grabbed by one of the raiders, who held a machete to her throat while demanding money from the safe.
An employee arriving for his shift phoned the police, who arrived at the front as the masked trio fled through the back. Officers gave chase as the raiders escaped, scattering clothes and £12,700 of the stolen money.
Williams was jailed for 18 years in 2005.
The court heard Brammer was jailed for 10 years for the Norfolk Park robbery in 1986, for eight years for possessing 1.5kg of heroin with intent to supply in 1995 and he was convcted of affray in 2004.
When arrested, he claimed to have been in Holland at the time of the B&Q raid and produced false documents.
“Much more police work has had to be undertaken to break down what was patently a false alibi,” said Judge Goldsack.“You have been a professional criminal for the majority of your adult life. The robbery and false imprisonment were professionally organised and professionally executed offences.”
Brammer admitted robbery, false imprisonment and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
The court heard police were “not hopeful” of bringing the third robber to justice.