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Man sentenced to more than four years for aggravated robbery – Northchurch

24 Nov 2021
  • Michael Dennison, aged 37, of Houghton Regis, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and possession of an offensive weapon

  • The charges relate to an incident at Tesco Express in Northchurch in September last year, when money and cigarettes were stolen

  • Dennison, who threatened shop staff with a wrench during the robbery, has been jailed for four years and four months

A man has been jailed for four years and four months after committing an aggravated robbery in Northchurch.

Michael Dennison, aged 37, of Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, appeared at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday 23 November where he pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

The court heard how Dennison entered the Tesco Express store on High Street South around 9.45pm on Saturday 19 September 2020, armed with a wrench.

He threatened staff before taking two hundred pounds worth of cigarettes from behind the counter. Nearly £200 in cash was also taken during the incident. Dennison left the store before getting into a car which was waiting outside. It was driven away at speed up Darr’s Lane, in the direction of Shootersway.

Dennison was later arrested on Thursday 5 November before being interviewed by detectives. He initially denied any involvement and was released on conditional bail, but later remanded in prison after breaking the conditions.

Detective Constable Karen Jordan, from the Dacorum Local Crime Unit, was the investigating officer. She said: “Thankfully, no staff were injured during the robbery but it did leave them understandably shaken. It must have been a frightening experience when all they were trying to do was their jobs.

“Dennison had no qualms about using a weapon to intimidate innocent people into getting what he wanted. He is clearly a dangerous individual and I am glad he has been handed a custodial prison term for his contemptible actions that day.

“Lastly, despite extensive enquiries we are still seeking a second man in connection with this investigation. If you have any information that you believe could be helpful to us, please get in touch.”

Quoting reference 41/B2/21546/20, you can email DC Jordan at karen.jordan@herts.police.uk, report information online at herts.police.uk/report, use online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact, or call the non-emergency number 101.

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