Man jailed for Gravesend Tesco raid

PUBLISHED: 12:25 26 November 2012

A man who threatened Gravesend Tesco staff with a knife to get access to the store's safe has been jailed for five years.

Steven Snell, 28, of Kings Hill, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault with intent to rob and one count of theft and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court.

The court heard how on December 10, 2011, Snell entered Tesco Express in Valley Drive wearing a mask and dragged a shop assistant into the storeroom where he ordered him to give him the code to the safe while threatening him with a knife.

He punched the employee several times in the head and when he could not get the code he ran off with a case of lager.

Snell was arrested later that day having been identified through CCTV footage in store.

Det Con Eleanor Hughes commented: “Snell committed a violent offence where he threatened staff members with a knife, causing injury to one of them with that weapon.”

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