Daniel Anthony Arnold carried out two robberies last December and has now racked up almost 50 convictions
A robber who injured a woman after stealing her purse went on to snatch a necklace from a shop worker the next day.
Daniel Anthony Arnold carried out the two robberies in December, last year and was jailed for over three years.
The 29-year-old, of Turner Street, Redcar appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday via video link from Durham Prison.
The first robbery
The court heard Arnold was "riding a bike and trying to sell televisions" on December 6 shortly before committing the first robbery.
The 65-year-old victim, who uses a walking stick, was having a cigarette outside of her home near Turner Street when she saw Arnold cycle past.
Shortly after, she was walking along Station Road when she noticed he was suddenly at her side.
Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said Arnold then "snatched" her purse from her hand, causing her to fall to the ground and injure her leg and arm.
The court heard the purse contained over £26 and left the victim feeling "cautious when out and about" and in "financial difficulty".
But Arnold didn't stop there.
The second robbery
The next day, on December 7, he went into the Ramsdens shop on Redcar High Street and "struck up a conversation" with a woman behind the counter.
Mr Hadfield said he "asked to see various items of jewellery, rings and chains" .
"She went behind the counter and the defendant was facing across her", he said.
"As he is being served he grabbed hold of the chain around her neck."
The chain came apart and Arnold fled, travelling to Middlesbrough where he was later arrested.
The court was told the shop worker was left with no confidence, "vulnerable", and "does not feel safe behind the counter".
Arnold had 46 previous convictions for 104 offences, but none for robbery.
In 2010 he appeared at court over burglary and theft charges.
Andrew Turton, defending, said the first robbery was "primitive and impulsive", with the second being "unprofessional".
He said while in prison, Arnold has been working in the "construction department" and is doing his best to "change his ways."
Mr Turton added that he had pleaded guilty to the two robbery charges at an early opportunity.
Judge Stephen Ashurst sentenced Arnold to three years and nine months in prison.