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Robbers traced because they took a taxi to the crime scene

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TWO robbers tracked down after raiding a Sanderstead convenience store because they took a cab to the crime scene have been jailed.

Derron Brown, 20, of Harewood Gardens, Sanderstead, was jailed for three-and-a-half years for robbing the Londis in Limpsfield Road on January 31.

His 17-year-old accomplice, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was handed two-and-a-half years.

The pair came into the shop at 7pm both wearing masks and threatened a member of staff with a large knife, demanding money from the till.

They celebrated by making off with bottles of booze.

Police were called to the scene and later discovered Brown had ordered a cab to take him to the shop. Officers traced his phone and arrested him near his home a short while after.

Officers then identified his younger accomplice on CCTV and arrested him the following day after finding him hiding in a loft.

The pair were charged with robbery and both later pleaded guilty to the offence at court.

Detective Constable Amy Mannakee, from Croydon CID, who investigated the case, said: "Brown and his accomplice had planned this robbery together, but thanks to the good detective work of all the officers involved, we were able to quickly identify, arrest and charge them.

"This robbery had a serious impact on both the shop worker, who was threatened with the knife, and also on the local community.

"They can now be reassured that the culprits have been caught and will be behind bars for a long time."

Robbers traced because they took a  taxi to the crime scene


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