Res­tau­rant robbed by armed staff mem­ber

Pair bran­dished weapons be­fore flee­ing with £2100

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Court re­porter

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.

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