A HEROIN addict who robbed a customer outside an internet cafe in Burton has been jailed for 27 months.
Simon Youngsam snatched the wallet from the back pocket of Abdul Wahab after seeing it was full of cash, Stafford Crown Court heard.
The victim tried to stop the defendant, but was punched in the face by Youngsam, who fled down Uxbridge Street with Mr Wahab and a friend in pursuit.
Unfortunately, Youngsam was picked up by an accomplice in a car, which the police have so far been unable to trace, said Balvinder Bhatti, prosecuting.
Youngsam, 36, admitted a charge of robbery.
Judge Mark Eades told him: "This was an opportunistic robbery. You spotted your victim, and his wallet, and you thought you would have it.
"You hoped it would be a simple snatch, but he had some spunk, he responded and in order to get away you punched him in the face. Most people would regard a punch in the face to effect a robbery the use of more than minimal force."
The court heard that Youngsam had two previous convictions for robbery.
Miss Bhatti said both the defendant and Mr Wahab were in the Keren internet cafe at the same time.
Mr Wahab had his wallet open on the counter, with £300 in cash in it.
CCTV footage clearly showed the defendant looking at the wallet and when Mr Wahab left the shop, he was followed by Youngsam.
Outside, Youngsam shouted to the victim, asking if he wanted to buy a laptop, but as he approached, he snatched the wallet before trying to make his escape.
As a result of the punch, Mr Wahab was left with a black eye. Youngsam, from Harborne, in Birmingham, was arrested later.
Steve Hennessy, defending, said: "This was an opportunistic offence. "The background to this is significant and includes a long-standing heroin addiction."