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PHONES STOLEN: Teenager sentenced for series of robberies including two in Croxley Green

 Published on: 18th January 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A teenager has been sentenced after being found guilty of robbing three people of their mobile phones.

The 17 year old, from Harrow, appeared at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, January 14 and was given a five-month youth referral order after being found guilty of all three offences.

He was also ordered to pay more than £1,900 in compensation to all three victims.

The court heard how the defendant, who was aged 15 at the time of the offences, targeted teenage boys during the incidents in March 2019.

The first was in Mill Lane just after 3.30pm on Wednesday, March 20.

The victim, aged 15, was walking home from school when he was approached by the defendant who demanded his phone and headphones while showing the victim a knife in his jacket pocket. 

The victim handed the items over and when he got home he told his mother what had happened, before she called police.

The second incident was in the same location, at 3.30pm on Friday, March 22.

The victim, a 12 year old boy, was also walking home from school when he was approached by the defendant, who grabbed his phone.

The defendant then showed a knife in his jacket pocket to frighten the victim, who ran away.

The third incident occurred outside the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, at 3.10pm on Sunday, March 24.

The defendant approached the victim, a 16 year old boy, and threatened him while ordering him to hand over his mobile phone, which he did.

None of the victims were physically hurt during the robberies.

Detectives began making enquiries and quickly ascertained that the defendant had travelled through the Croxley Green underground station prior to committing the first two offences.

On Monday, March 25, they were waiting for him as he alighted the train and arrested him on suspicion of robbery.

They later searched his home address and seized a number of mobile phones, one of which was confirmed as belonging to the victim in Chesham, and he was charged in connection with all three crimes.

The teenager was found guilty and will now attend a panel which will decide the best course of action.

Referral orders are given to young people aged between 10 to 17 who are convicted for the first time in court.

The aim is for the offender to take responsibility for their actions and face the consequences of their offending.

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