Five years for Dartford knifeman who held up two newsagents
11:37 11 October 2016
He was arrested after being identified via CCTV footage
A knifeman who held up two Dartford newsagents has been jailed for five years.
Dean Sheppard, 36, of St Edmund’s Road, Dartford, committed both offences within the space of five days in September this year.
He pleaded guilty to robbery, attempted robbery and two counts of possession of a knife, and was sentenced to five years in jail at Maidstone Crown Court on October 10.
The court heard how Sheppard’s first target was a business in Colney Road, at about 8.50pm on September 4.
He entered with his hood up and knife drawn before cornering a member of staff and demanding money from the till.
Sheppard fled empty-handed after the victim’s father ran into the street to call for help.
At about 7.10am on September 8 he carried out a similar offence at a newsagents in St Vincent’s Road, Dartford, making off with £100 cash and several packets of cigarettes after threatening a member of staff with a knife and punching him twice in the face.
He was arrested the following day when he was identified from CCTV footage.
Officers also seized a knife from his possession.
Investigating officer detective constable, Lucy Macland, said: “Dean Sheppard is clearly a violent individual whose criminal actions will leave a lasting impact on his victims.
“He is unfortunately well known to police and appears incapable of staying out of trouble.
“Robbery is a very serious offence, and committing such a crime while armed with a knife makes it that much worse. I can only hope that Sheppard attempts to turn his life around during his time in prison.”