[T]WO men have been jailed following a “terrifying” West Cumbria corner shop armed robbery.
Hooded criminal Kevin Glover brandished a modified bladed weapon at the shocked lone employee of McColl’s, in Harrington, near Workington, after approaching the counter at around 6-15am on April 9.
With crash helmet-wearing partner in crime David Wallace standing by, Glover demanded that the staff member hand over cigarettes before the pair fled with a £200 haul.
Carlisle Crown Court heard how the victim had also been targeted at the store during a separate robbery several years before.
“I feel physically sick having to go to work in case it happens again,” he told police after Glover and Wallace’s crime, which was captured on CCTV. “My life has been turned upside down.”
Police rounded up the two drug-using culprits, both aged 34 and from Poole Road, Salterbeck, and they were each jailed for 44 months (FRI). Both had admitted robbery while Glover also pleaded guilty to offensive weapon possession.
Sentencing the pair, Judge Peter Hughes QC said the crime had been unsophisticated, and added of the victim: “It was undoubtedly a terrifying experience for him.”
Detective Constable James Graham said: “This was a frightening ordeal for the victim, and thankfully he was not injured. I hope Glover and Wallace will take into account the fear they have caused to someone who was simply doing his job.
“Today’s sentencing shows how seriously both the police and the courts take such offending.”