Restaurant robbed by armed staff member
Pair brandished weapons before fleeing with £2100
A t eenager c arri ed out an armed robbery at the restaurant he worked in – t hen was caught redhanded in public the following day counting the cash he had nicked.
Steven Doig claimed he found the notes in the river when, in fact, he had entered the Golden Star Tandoori in Balloch Road with a friend the previous night, brandished a knife and hammer at the restaurant owner and another member of staff before making off with more than £2000.
The 19-year-old, from Lansbury Street in Alexandria, appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week and admitted, while acting with another person, brandishing t he weapons and robbing t he restaurant of a laptop case containing £2100 as well as having a knife in his possession.
The fiscal depute told the court Doig and two friends were at his home unt i l a r ound 1 0 . 3 0 pm with Doig having discussed his intention to rob the restaurant.
One of the men said he didn’t want any part in the crime but Doig, who t old police he i s a student at Glasgow Kelvin College, and his accomplice tried to cover their faces with their hoods before entering the premises.
The restaurant owner and staff member were within the office when the kitchen porter and his pal entered. They recognised Doig as he had been employed at the restaurant for the three months leading up to the offence.
The fiscal depute said: “The restaurant owner had transferred the weekend takings into a black laptop carry case in preparation f or taking the money home to bank it the following morning. He placed approximately £2100 in mixed notes within the case, leaving it lying on the sofa at the rear of the office.
“The manager was i niti all y startled by the males’ presence and became more concerned when he observed Doig produce a knife described as being slightly curved with a five to six-inch blade in his right hand brandishing it towards him.
“Doig made attempts to lift the black laptop carry case and the owner attempted to stop him.
“As he approached Doig, the second male produced a woodenh a n d l e d h a mmer wh i c h h e brandished towards the owner stating to him to leave it.
“Doig grabbed the laptop bag and brandished the knife at the witnesses, forcing them to back off which allowed Doig to take possession of the laptop bag with his left hand.”
The duo ran off towards Sweeney’s boatyard nearby and t hen onto t he t owpath i n t he direction of Alexandria.
The court heard, the following day, two fe males were i n Levengrove Park between 1pm and 1.30pm when t hey saw a male, who later emerged to be Doig, counting banknotes.
The fiscal depute said: “As he passed them, he said, ‘ I’ve just found all of this money in a bag in the water and it’s wet. I’m just going to dry it’.”
The women spotted a black laptop bag with business paperwork and a car breakdown cover card i n t he name of t he Golden Star Tandoori restaurant owner nearby. They left the items there and phoned police.
When police were t aking a statement from the restaurant owner, he told them Doig was struggling with cash. The fiscal depute said: “He confirmed Doig had indicated financial difficulties and he routinely asked him to sub him money.”
The court heard t he money wasn’t recovered and, although there was CCTV covering the area at the time, the weather was poor, limiting visibility.
Doig’s defence lawyer briefly addressed Sheriff Simon Pender but advised him he will make his plea in mitigation on September 14, the date to which sentencing was deferred.
The solicitor said: “He appears in the court as a first offender and resides with his parents. He’s under no illusions of the serious position he finds himself in your lordship’s court today.”
A s o c i a l wo r k r e p o r t a n d restriction of liberty assessment will be produced t o t he court when Doig is sentenced.