Luton man jailed for robberies - Houghton Regis

03/01/2013

Armed robber Mark Crawford was today, Thursday, 03 January 2013, sentenced at Luton Crown Court to eight years imprisonment.

Crawford, aged 25, from Eldon Road, Luton, had denied robbery and having an imitation firearm with intent on 02 April 2012; robbery and having a knife on 28 April 2012, and robbery and having a knife on 30 April 2012.

He was convicted of all three charges on 13 November 2012, and remanded in to custody by Judge Philip Bartle QC for reports to be prepared.

Today, Crawford appeared before Judge Bartle again and was sentenced to three eight year terms of imprisonment, which are to be served concurrently.

Crawford had been charged by officers of the South Bedfordshire Robbery Unit, with the Houghton Regis offences, which happened in Parkside Drive on 02 April, Sandringham Drive on 28 April, and again in Parkside Drive on 30 April.

During the trial the jury heard how Crawford disguised himself with a bandana and sunglasses as he stole mobile phones and an iPod whilst armed with a knife and an imitation firearm. His youngest victim was just 14 years of age.