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Bungling Rowley Regis robber jailed after comical heist
7:00am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A BUNGLING robber from Rowley Regis forgot to remove his distinctive bullet necklace when he returned in disguise with a gun to rob his local off license.
Daniel Bray, aged 24, was jailed for two years after admitting attempted robbery and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Shop assistant Saranjit Randhawa spotted the bullet necklace and also recognised the voice of Daniel Bray who had unsuccessfully tried to buy alcohol just hours earlier at the Powke Lane Londis.
Bray was armed with a .177 air pistol, had clothing across his face and wore sunglasses with a yellow frame when he told Mr Randhawa: "Give me the dough."
But the assistant was not too frightened by what was happening even when Bray pointed the gun in his direction.
Judge Philip Parker QC said: "The assistant saw through your attempt, he knew you and he had dealt with you earlier that day.”
The judge said the man was not scared adding: "He told you to go and, in due course, that is what you did. You went away empty handed."
Paul Reid, prosecuting, said Bray went to the shop to buy alcohol with a debit card but the transaction was unsuccessful and he then left with the beer having left behind his watch as security.
But he later went back in what he thought was a good disguise, approached the counter and produced the back pistol but he was immediately recognised by Mr Randhawa.
Bray, of Dudhill Walk, was told by judge it was clear he committed the offence to get money to clear his drug debts.
"You had a significant debt and this was a desperate way to get money to pay it off.
"This was a drunken, inept attempt at robbery. You may have taken some effort to disguise yourself but you were easily put off."
Jas Mann, defending, told Wolverhampton Crown Court that Bray was a vulnerable young man who had been abusing drugs and alcohol.
He said: "He was under intolerable pressure and he turned to do what he did. Mr Randhawa did not believe it was a genuine gun and he says he was not scared or frightened.
"He was a regular customer in that shop and there was never going to be any difficulties in him being immediately recognised."
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