Pair who held up a car in Gravesend to rob mobile phones jailed for a total of 11 years
PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 December 2016
The victims had stopped to have something to eat when they were attacked
Two men who held up a car in Gravesend to rob the occupants of their mobile phones have been jailed for a total of 11 years.
Leon Bunn, 30, of Doria Drive, Gravesend, and Christian Dogbo, 27, of Railway Street, Northfleet, targeted a man and a woman sitting in a red Toyota in a car park in Dene Holm Road, Gravesend on June 7, 2016.
The victims had stopped to have something to eat at around 7.15pm when they were approached by Dogbo, who was wearing a balaclava. He threatened them both and demanded they hand over their phones.
As the car tried to drive away, a white van driven by Bunn blocked them in the car park before Dogbo smashed one of the windows.
One mobile phone was handed over before Dogbo got in the van and it drove off.
Police found that the van was insured to Bunn, who was later stopped in the vehicle less than an hour after the robbery.
Officers found a small amount of cannabis during a subsequent search of Bunn’s home, and further searches of the area around the property uncovered a balaclava and other discarded clothes matching the description of those worn by the offenders.
DNA on the clothes matched that of Dogbo, and he was also arrested.
The pair were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on December 2 after having been found guilty of robbery at an earlier hearing. Bunn was jailed for six years, while Dogbo will serve a total of five years for his offences.
Investigating officer detective constable Michael Champion said: “Both Bunn and Dogbo went to extraordinary lengths to rob two unsuspecting people of their mobile phones while they were just going about their business.
“This level of violence and threatening behaviour will not be tolerated and this investigation and sentencing shows we will do all we can to bring those who commit these crimes to justice.”