Thieves jailed after shop worker threatened with nine-inch knife

30/08 Updated: 31/08 13:34

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Mark Forward was jailed for three years on Friday for robbing Bargain Booze with a knife and baseball bat.

A SHOP worker had a nine-inch steak knife held to their throat during a raid which netted two thieves a handful of cash, a bottle of vodka and a packet of cigarettes.

Mark Forward, 38, and a 17 year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been jailed for three years and two years, eight months respectively, for the terrifying robbery at Bargain Booze in Station Avenue, Tile Hill.

The two had initially demanded money from the safe, but after being told it could not be opened settled for as much cash they could grab from the till, Coventry Crown Court heard.

But rather than adding to their haul by swiping stock from the shelves they then calmly asked the same cashier for a solitary packet of cigarettes and a bottle of Smirnoff vodka.

Detective Constable Joel Mildinhall said: "It was a nasty robbery. The knife was held close to the staff member’s neck but on realising they weren’t going to get into the safe they grabbed notes from the till.

"They then asked the same cashier for a packet of cigarettes and some vodka. It was almost like a genuine transaction with a conversation even being had about which brand they preferred."

Police arrested the pair at an address in Tile Hill two days after the raid at around 9.30pm on April 10 following a tip off from a member of the public.

The teenager also admitted a second count of robbing Greggs Bakery in Jardine Crescent on March 24.

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