TWO armed robbers who threatened a shopworker during a New Year’s Eve raid have each been jailed for more than five years.
Luke Hamilton and Fabio Teixeira, both 26, stole more than £1,000 when they robbed the Londis store in Langtoft on New Year’s Eve in 2009, after threatening a shopworker with a knife.
They were jailed at Lincoln Crown Court today (Thursday).
Teixeira, 26, of High Street, Fletton, Peterborough, was jailed for five-and-a-half years. The court heard that in July 2005 he was sentenced to 30 months in a young offenders institution for a street robbery.
Hamilton, of no fixed address, was sentenced to five years and two months imprisonment.
Both men had denied the robbery but were found guilty following a five-day trial last month.
During the trial the jury were told they chose the store because it was a “soft target”.
The men were wearing balaclavas and were armed with a crowbar and a knife.
Hamilton tried to open the till while Teixeira stood guard with the knife.
When the shopworker, a woman in her 60s, came out of the storeroom, she was threatened by Teixeira and forced to open the till.
The pair drove back to Peterborough in Teixeira’s car but had made a number of mistakes which led police to identify them.
CCTV outside the shop showed the two robbers stood outside the shop before they pulled down their balaclavas and Hamilton’s fingerprints were later found in Teixeira’s car.
In mitigation the court was told the two men hoped to rob the shop while the shopworker was in the store room and avoid any confrontation.
Passing sentence Recorder Stuart Sprawson said the shopworker had been terrified by the experience. He said she had worked in the shop for 21 years and was nine weeks away from retiring when the robbery happened.
The judge said: “Following your activities she decided not to return to work and slipped in to her retirement prematurely.
“Anybody who has seen the CCTV can not fail to appreciate the fear you instilled in her.”