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Harlow man jailed after holding up Maunds Hatch Co-Op with imitation firearm

Communities / Mon 21st Dec 2015 at 10:49am

Paul RiderA 54-year-old man who threatened shop workers with an imitation firearm has been jailed for more than three years.

Paul Rider of Copshall Close, Harlow threated to harm cashiers at the Co-op shop in Maunds Hatch, Harlow if they didn’t hand over cash from the till on October 30, 2015.

Unemployed Rider claimed he was concealing a firearm under his hooded jumper after he was unable to pay for goods just after 9pm.

No one was injured but Rider made off with a three-figure sum of cash from the till as well as alcohol and cigarettes worth just over £200.

He was arrested within a few hours and later charged with robbery.

Rider pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to 40 months imprisonment at Chelmsford Crown Court on December 15, 2015.

Investigating officer Dc Leo Fordham from Harlow CID said: “This was a despicable crime conducted in a busy shop whilst innocent members of the public were going about their business.

“Mr Rider had no care for the fear he put the cashiers in and made menacing threats towards them whilst intimating he had a firearm.

“Thankfully quick work by uniformed officers who recognised Mr Rider on the store’s CCTV led to his speedy arrest hours later and the majority of the stolen property being recovered.

“Further work by Harlow CID ensured that Mr Rider was convicted and is now serving a lengthy sentence for his offending.”

Rider was also ordered to pay £900 costs.

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