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Robert Grogan found guilty by jury on two counts of robbery
A HOMELESS man was found guilty today of holding up two convenience stores with an imitation handgun.
Robert Grogan, 50, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of two counts of robbery for raiding the Co-op Store in Cranleigh Road, Southbourne, and the Mace store in Sauflands, Highcliffe, on January 12 and 13 this year.
The jury at Bournemouth Crown Court, which reached unanimous verdicts on all charges after five hours of deliberation, also found him guilty of two counts of using an imitation firearm on both dates.
Judge Samuel Wiggs warned Grogan he faced a "substantial prison sentence", but he was unable to pass sentence without further information.
The court heard that Grogan, who is originally from Belfast but has lived in the Bournemouth area since the 1990s, has previous convictions for criminal damage, driving offences, grievous bodily harm and possessing heroin with intent to supply.
He has served two previous five-year prison sentences.During the trial the court heard Grogan approached a worker in the Co-op store at 10pm and held the gun to his back.
The worker, David Finch, described the fake firearm 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.
She screamed and fled the shop and he helped himself to money from the till.
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.
The court adjourned until sentencing next week.
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