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Man jailed after 20-minute crime spree

16/12/2010

A Stockport man who robbed a Cheshire petrol station and used a stolen car as a getaway, has been jailed for six and a half years.

Michael Goddard, 21, from Stockport, pleaded guilty to robbery and driving offences after forensic evidence proved he was in a stolen car which was used as transport in a crime spree - which took just 20 minutes.

In the early hours of 9th September, the window of a house in Poynton was forced open and the keys to an Audi S5 car were stolen.

The car was subsequently used the following night by three males who attempted to break into a Co-op store, on School Lane in Poynton, at around 04:20. The males, wearing masks, tried to damage the shop's shutters, but were disturbed and the men made off in the stolen car.

Only 15 minutes later, the car containing the males struck at a Shell Service station in Wilmslow. The men smashed the glass doors, entered the shop and threatened the forecourt assistant with a weapon, before stealing the cash register and loading an orange duvet cover with a large quantity of cigarettes.

The car made off at high speed along the A34 and minutes later was abandoned by the group after crashing into the middle of a roundabout.

The car was searched and police found the cash register and a duvet cover containing cigarettes from the Shell garage.

The airbags on the car had been activated in the collision and Goddard's DNA was recovered from the passenger-side bag.

A spokesperson for Cheshire CPS said: "Goddard knowingly travelled in the stolen car with a group who then committed a serious robbery, where an innocent man was threatened. The sentence passed at Chester Crown Court means that this dangerous individual will be off our streets for a long time."

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For more informaiton contact Sharon King, Group Communications Manager, CPS Mersey-Cheshire, on 0151 239 6465.