A ROBBER who had to be taken to hospital for a police dog bite after his arrest in Thornton Heath has been jailed. Jordan Wright, 21, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment for robbery and possession of cannabis on June 20. Wright stole a 24-year-old university student's wallet on January 23 in Grove Road, Thornton Heath, but was arrested and bitten by one of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) dogs. The student was making his way home after a night out when he heard footsteps behind him as he approached the junction of Grove Road and when he looked around he saw Wright in a grey hoodie. Wright then approached him and stood next to the victim before asking him for money. The scared student handed over the wallet when he saw Wright was in possession of a craft knife. The victim then reported the crime and was taken by officers on a search of the area before spotting Wright on Galpins Road, Thornton Heath. A chase ensued as Wright tried to run but officers and the police's air support unit were called until they managed to contain and arrest him. After he was taken into custody initially, Wright had to be taken to Croydon University Hospital for medical treatment as a result of the dog bite, although he suffered no serious injuries. He was charged with robbery and possession of cannabis on January 27 and pleaded guilty to robbery at a hearing on May 13. DC Day-Sawyer, the investigating officer from Croydon MPS, said: "I am pleased that Wright has received a custodial sentence for this appalling act. "He threatened the victim with a knife and thought he would be able to get away with it but with the assistance of my colleagues in the Air Support Unit and MPS Dogs Unit he was caught."
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