Duo took cash, booze and cigarettes
A ROBBER who threatened a convenience store worker if she called police after stealing cash, cigarettes and alcohol in an armed robbery has been jailed. Margaret Smith, together with another man, targeted Martin’s, in Preston Street, Faversham, on September 1 last year.
Smith, 24, of High Street, Herne Bay, entered the shop at about 7.30pm and attempted to buy some alcohol. As she and her accomplice made their way to the till area, the shop assistant asked them to remove their hoods, which were down and covering their faces. It was then the victim was threatened by the man, who was now holding a knife towards her demanding cash. As the victim handed over about £300 in cash, further notes were taken from the till. Smith then demanded cigarettes and that she open a second till. The victim handed over several packs of cigarettes and bottles of vodka before telling the pair there was no money in the second till. As Smith left the shop, she turned to the victim and said:
“Don’t bother ringing the police, I know who you are.”
Officers investigating the case trawled through CCTV and local officers were able to identify Smith. She pleaded guilty to robbery at Maidstone Crown Court and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail. The prosecution offered no evidence against Paul Godden, 35, of St Mary’s Cray, who was jointly charged with the offence. Investigating officer, Detective Constable Mark Silk of Kent Police, said:
“This has no doubt had a significant impact on the victim, who was both intimidated and then threatened if she called police. In making those remarks, Smith displayed all the hallmarks of a bully with no concerns what. soever about what long-lasting impact that could possibly have. I am pleased, due to the wealth of evidence against her, Smith had little choice in admitting her role in the robbery. I hope she will have enough time to change while behind bars, but most importantly I would like to praise the victim for the bravery she displayed in reporting what happened and I hope she will now be able to move on with her life.”
Herne Bay Times, March 25th 2015