JAILED: Armed robber Robert Grogan sentenced to seven years for convenience store raids (From Bournemouth Echo)
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JAILED: Armed robber Robert Grogan sentenced to seven years for convenience store raids
1:47pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A ROBBER who used a 'James Bond' style imitation firearm to hold up two convenience stores has been jailed for seven years.
Robert Grogan, of no fixed abode, was found guilty after a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court of carrying out armed robberies at the Co-op Store in Cranleigh Road, Southbourne, and the Mace store in Sauflands, Highcliffe, on January 12 and 13 this year.
The 50-year-old was also sentenced yesterday (Wednesday) by Judge Samuel Wiggs for two offences of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery.
Detective Constable Neil Third, of Bournemouth and Poole CID, said: “These incidents were extremely distressing for the victims and will have an impact on their lives from some time to come. I would like to thank them and the witnesses for their support.
“Grogan's conviction and sentence shows that Dorset Police is committed to bringing offenders to justice and that these crimes will not be tolerated.”
During the trial the court heard that Grogan approached a worker in the Co-op store at 10pm and held the gun to his back - described by the victim, David Finch, as “like one you see on the James Bond films”.
The following day, the court heard, Grogan threatened Sorava Lankshear in the Mace store at about 5pm, and helped himself to cash from the till after she screamed and fled the shop.
The jury were played CCTV of both incidents, and told that Grogan's DNA was found on an imitation handgun found by police in a flat in Westby Road, Boscombe, where he was staying with his wife Susan.
He was spotted on CCTV the day after the second robbery wearing the same clothing, in which he was also arrested the following day. During the trial, he said: “Why would I do a robbery and wear the same jacket out in the street over the next two days?”
Grogan, who is originally from Belfast but has lived in the Bournemouth area since the 1990s, stole several hundred pounds in the raids but no one was injured.
He has previous convictions for criminal damage, driving offences, grievous bodily harm and possessing heroin with intent to supply, and has served two previous five-year prison sentences.
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