Oct 10 2012 By our court reporter
BP garage on Westwood Road in Newmains
A boozed-up robber who held up a Newmains garage armed with only a spectacles case was last week jailed for over two years.
Kenneth Brown (46) was put behind bars for 27 months after duping staff into believing he was armed with a stun-gun before making off with £180 from the till.
The heist on June 28 was branded “amateur” by his own defence at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
One member of staff at the petrol station told the Wishaw Press: “He came in and lifted up a newspaper and walked up to the counter with it held up in front of his face. I don’t know exactly what he said to the person who was working but it was along the lines of: ‘Give me the money out of the till. I’ve got a taser gun’. He then said that he’d be back later for the rest.”
Despite this, the shop assistant added: “If you were to meet the man on the street sober he would be so nice to you. Once he won on the lottery and came in here and bought me a box of chocolates.
“To me he is just somebody who gets drink in him and then doesn’t care. He just wants money and that’s the end of it.”
Brown, whose address was given as Addiewell Prison, pled guilty to the offence.
He drunkenly approached the BP filling station on Westwood Road earlier this year.
The court was told that he entered the station at 7.15pm on the Thursday night. He immediately lifted up a newspaper from a display cabinet which he then used to try and shield his identity from the store’s CCTV cameras.
The shop attendant working behind the counter could smell alcohol off Brown when he approached the till and produced an object from his jacket pocket, concealing it within the sleeve of his jacket.
The item was a case for carrying spectacles.
During the robbery Brown had claimed that it was a stun gun.
Following his instructions, the cashier removed £120 cash from the till and handed it over to Brown.
He then took a further £60 from the counter and left the garage in possession of £180.
Police were then contacted at 7.25pm. Following inquiries and reviewing CCTV footage, Brown was found on Stewarton Street at 9.20pm.
When searched, police discovered that he was carrying £140 in cash and a glasses case. He was cautioned and charged with holding up the garage.
In court on Friday Brown’s defence stated that although he was perceived as a genuine threat, Brown was of no real threat to the attendant. The defence also said that he was hoping to get money to buy more alcohol.
Sheriff Douglas Brown at Hamilton sentenced the 46-year-old to three-years in jail, reduced to 27 months for his early guilty plea.