Cheshire: Peer jailed for armed robbery in store
TWO men who committed a terrifying armed robbery at a Cheshire store have been jailed.
David Holt and Simon Baker, both from O’Leary Street in Orford, stole money and a mobile phone from Cash Generator in Bridge Street, Warrington.
Holt, 45, was armed with a kitchen knife, which he pointed at people working in the store while demanding money in the safe and cash register.
Baker, 51, stayed by the door to prevent anyone from entering or leaving the store and to ensure that he and his accomplice could escape smoothly.
The couple, who have long criminal records, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court this morning on Wednesday where they were sentenced to prison terms.
Sarah Griffin, a prosecutor, explained how they entered the store together around 11 a.m. on Monday, October 19. Both wore face covers.
After receiving £ 500 in cash from the checkout by one of the store workers and stealing an iPhone that was being prepared for sale, Holt headed for the door.
He and Baker then left the store before fleeing the area in a Volkswagen Beetle which was parked in a nearby alley.
A staff member suffered a panic attack as a result of the incident and was unable to catch his breath.
Police were called and officers were able to locate the offenders in the apartment at Holt’s Peninsula House approximately half an hour after the couple committed the robbery.
A downtown CCTV operator played a key role in this, finding footage of the couple’s getaway and giving officers details of the car they fled in.
It was parked outside Baker’s apartment, which he and Holt were inside.
They were wearing the same clothes they were wearing when they robbed, and the money they stole from the store was on the floor at the apartment and in Baker’s pants pocket.
The cell phone they stole was also in the apartment behind a sofa Holt was sitting on. Officers saw him throw it there in an attempt to hide it.
Also in the apartment were the kitchen knife that Holt was armed with during the theft and the keys to the VW Beetle.
Officers used the keys to unlock the car, which contained the cover of the stolen cell phone.
Holt and Baker were both arrested at the apartment and taken into custody for questioning.
Holt admitted to the role he played in the robbery when questioned by police officers, expressing remorse for his actions and saying he acted in desperation for money to buy drugs .
He was subsequently charged with robbery and possession of a knife in a public place and pleaded guilty to both offenses.
Baker denied being involved in the incident and was convicted of theft after a three-day trial.
The couple returned to Liverpool Crown Court to be sentenced this morning by recorder Mark Ainsworth.
Holt, who has 45 previous convictions for 76 offenses, was jailed for four years.
Baker, who has 23 previous convictions for 81 offenses, was sentenced to seven years in prison with an extended license period of three years.
Following their conviction, DC Jill Peggs, who led the investigation at the Warrington Local Police Unit, said: “David Holt and Simon Baker worked together to commit the armed robbery.
“Because of their actions, the people inside the store that day were subjected to a terrifying ordeal.
“Holt pointed the kitchen knife he was wielding at staff members while demanding money.
“The incident naturally left them extremely shaken.
Fortunately, with the help of a city center CCTV operator, we were able to locate Holt and Baker about half an hour after they committed the theft.
“We caught them in the act and were able to recover the money and the cell phone they stole.
“I hope the fact that the couple have now been jailed reassures those who were in the store during the theft and reassures the community of Warrington.
“With Holt blaming his actions on drug addiction, this case highlights the fact that illegal drugs are devastating our communities, causing untold damage both to those who use them and to society in general which suffers from the crime. resulting.
“I hope this case will deter others from using illegal drugs and committing such offenses.”
Chief Inspector Sarah Heath, Cheshire Police Knife Crime Officer, added: “We are committed to doing all we can to tackle knife crime.
“We will respond firmly to any knife-related incident and will do our utmost to ensure that anyone found carrying a knife or committing a knife-related offense is brought to justice.
“Members of the public also have a vital role to play in our fight against knife crime by providing us with information on crimes involving knives and those who carry guns. ”
To report any type of crime involving guns, call Cheshire Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Information can also be transmitted to the force online via cheshire.police.uk/ro/report or delivered to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.