‘Cardboard gun’ robber hid cash up his bottom
Nicholas Hinds, 36, held up a Nisa convenience store at Sale Road, Northern Moor, using a roll of cardboard in a plastic bag arranged to look like a shotgun on December 2 last year.
The shopkeeper gave Hinds money but activated his emergency alarm, and police quickly traced the robber to his home at nearby Peplar Avenue.
Hinds was found sitting on the toilet. Concerned he would dispose of evidence, police ignored his pleas for privacy and joined him in the bathroom.
He was arrested and when he was searched at the police station he was found to be wearing two pairs of underpants and had £130 sticking out of his bottom rolled up ‘like a cigar’, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Weeks earlier, on the morning of October 26, Hinds raided the Circle News store, also on Sale Road.
On that occasion he also stole cash from the till after brandishing his cardboard shotgun.
Hinds dumped the cardboard tubes and plastic bags used in both robberies in the area for police to find with his fingerprints on.
He went on to deny robbery, claiming that he used the cardboard tubes to smoke cannabis, saying the money found by police was his wages from a labouring job, and denying that the notes had ever been up his bottom.
But his pleas of innocence were rejected by the jury and he was sentenced to 10 years moments after guilty verdicts were returned.
Pc Chris Sutcliffe said: “Hinds’ actions show he is a determined and dangerous criminal and the streets are a far safer place now this man is behind bars.
“He had obviously pre-planned the two robberies and had gone to some lengths to simulate the appearance of a gun. This was clearly designed to cause as much fear as possible among his victims who genuinely believed they were being threatened at gunpoint.
“However, he could not escape justice and he is now starting a long prison stretch.
“I hope it gives his victims some sense of justice at seeing him sent down for such a long time.”
NWN: Sometimes any comment would be superfluous. This is one of those times !
An 'asset' to the country ! (Do you like that one ?)