Man jailed for robberies - Hemel Hempstead


A man appeared at St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday, 15 July 2015, and was jailed for four years and nine months after robbing two shops in Hemel Hempstead while wearing a carrier bag on his head to conceal his identity.

Luke Martin, aged 28, from Peascroft Road, Hemel Hempstead, was sentenced after being found guilty by a jury at St Albans Crown Court on 15 June 2015, of robbery and attempted robbery following a trial.

The first incident occurred at 'Day One' store in Bennetts Gate at 8.40am on 09 May 2014. Martin entered the store with a plastic 'Londis' carrier bag over his head, brandishing a knife. He walked behind the counter and demanded the member of staff hand over money. He then removed money from the till and made off.  The staff member was not injured during the incident.

The second incident occurred at Bells Mini Mart in Belswains Lane at 9.20am on 18 December 2014. Again, Martin entered the store wearing a carrier bag on his head, showed the member of staff a knife and demanded cash. An alarm was activated and Martin ran from the store empty handed.

Martin's face was visible because of a large slit that he made in the carrier bag to allow himself to see.  He was arrested after an appeal on BBC's Crimewatch.

Judge Stephen Warner told him: "These may not have been sophisticated robberies, but there was an element of planning and it was a frightening experience for both victims.  The case has an aggravating feature in that you wore a disguise."