Lowestoft teenager sentenced over attempted armed robbery at Young's Convenience Store in Beaconsfield Road
A Lowestoft teenager who threatened a shop worker with an imitation gun and a knife has been sentenced to more than two years' detention.
Kyle Holder, 19, was sentenced to 28 months' detention in a Young Offender Institution for the attempted armed robbery when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.
Holder, of Notley Road, had previously admitted attempted robbery, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and possession of a knife in a public place.
It came after Holder entered Young's Convenience Store in Beaconsfield Road at about 9.50pm on Tuesday, August 10 last year.
He asked a staff member about alcohol and cigarettes, placing a carrier bag on the counter, before demanding cash was put into the bag while holding what appeared to be a small handgun.
The staff member walked out from behind the counter and Holder backed away towards the door, where he then brandished a knife and continued to make demands, before running off and leaving the bag behind.
Following initial police enquiries, including CCTV analysis, forensic work and media appeals, Holder was identified as a suspect and first arrested on August 27, before being released on bail.
His fingerprint had been found on the carrier bag which was left behind at the scene and he was subsequently charged on October 14.
Det Insp Matt Adams, of East CID, said: “Kyle Holder is a young man who had no previous convictions and I’m sure he will regret his serious error of judgement on that Tuesday evening last August.
“He admitted the offence at a very early stage and earns credit for taking responsibility for his actions.
"However, despite this he still committed a very serious offence and the end result in the vast majority of cases for perpetrators of these crimes is that they can expect to receive a custodial sentence.
“It is simply not acceptable to threaten people who are just going about their work and making a living.
"The victim in this case dealt with the situation with remarkable bravery, but we will not tolerate offences such as this and will do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice.”