Man jailed for armed robberies

21 November 2012

Steven Robertson carrying out one of his robberies

A serial armed robber who carried out a string of offences has been jailed.

Steven Robertson, aged 39 (dob 07.12.72) of no fixed abode was sentenced to ten years at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday, 21 November. He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three counts of possessing an imitation firearm, two counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery.

"As a result of excellent work by the Flying Squad, a dangerous man is now behind bars.”

The court heard how Robertson, having just been released in July 2012 from a prison sentence for a previous spree of similar robberies, set about reoffending almost immediately.

Robertson first struck at 'Eurochange' in Shaftesbury Avenue, W1 on 30 July when he attempted to rob the premises while in possession of an imitation firearm, but left empty handed after staff managed to activate an emergency alarm.

The following day Robertson entered a branch of Virgin Money in Maddox Street, W1. Again, in possession of an imitation firearm, Robertson entered the branch demanding cash and threatened to shoot an 82-year-old customer. He made off with £2,000 in cash. Robertson had targeted the same venue when it was part of Northern Rock in 2007.

Following a period of surveillance by the Flying Squad, Robertson was caught in the act when he attempted to carry out a robbery at the Chelsea Building Society in Hanover Square, W1 on 20 August - again, a venue he had also targeted during his previous spree in 2007.

Officers detained Robertson at the scene and he taken into custody and subsequently charged with the offences above. Due to the weight of evidence against him, Robertson had little option but to plead guilty to the offences.

Detective Constable Michael O'Mahony of the Flying Squad based at Barnes said:

"As a result of excellent investigative work by officers from across the Flying Squad, a dangerous man is now behind bars.

"Steven Robertson has repeatedly shown no regard to the welfare of those he has terrorised during his robberies. Although violence was not used in these offences, the mental scars left with the victims involved will take time to heal. I hope the knowledge that Robertson will spend a significant time behind bars will give them some sense of closure."

= Robertson was sentenced as follows:

- attempted armed robbery at Eurochange - eight years imprisonment;
- possession of an imitation firearm - two years imprisonment.

Both sentences to run consecutively.

- two counts of armed robbery at Virgin Money and Chelsea Building Society - eight years imprisonment;
- two counts of possession of an imitation firearm - two years imprisonment.

Sentences to run consecutively but to run concurrently with the sentences for the attempted armed robbery.