Erith armed robber jailed for convenience store hold-up
PUBLISHED: 15:47 06 July 2018
An armed robber from Erith who stole money from a convenience store in Dartford has been jailed after a beer bottle left at the scene revealed his fingerprints.
Greig Andrew, 35, and Frankie Pettit, 32, used an imitation handgun to threaten staff at the store in January.
Both were sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, July 6, following an investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.
The court heard that at around 7.35pm on Saturday, January 6, Andrew entered the shop in Chastilian Road, and picked up a bottle of beer before queuing at the checkout.
Pettit then entered wearing a hooded, beige coat and with black tights over his face.
He approached the checkout brandishing a Luger-style pistol and demanded the cashier open the till.
Andrew placed the bottle of beer he was holding on the front counter and repeated the demand.
The victim handed over a quantity of cash to Pettit while Andrew leaned over and removed a coin tray.
They then fled, however forensic analysis of the beer bottle quickly identified Andrew and he was arrested three days later.
He was found close to a vehicle which had been used by the offenders and its keys were found in his possession. Fingerprints found in the vehicle also confirmed he had been in it.
Black tights were also found in the rear foot well and forensic analysis provided a full DNA profile for Pettit.
Andrew, of Sunset Close, Erith, and Pettit, of Chichele Road, Cricklewood, pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm and robbery. Andrew was jailed for a total of three years and four months.
Pettit was jailed for a total of three years and nine months.
Det Insp Gary Scarfe, from Kent Police Serious and Organised Crime, said: “This was an extremely traumatic experience for the victim having been faced by these two brazen offenders who subjected her to untold fear for her safety whilst one brandished a firearm.
“The level of violence shown towards an innocent member of the public was entirely unacceptable and anyone that brings a firearm on to the streets of Kent can expect a custodial sentence.”