Cig lighter stick-up at Wrexham off licence

Published date: 04 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A 17-YEAR-OLD held up an off-licence with a cigarette lighter in the shape of a gun.

The teenager entered Town Hill Market on Wrexham’s Town Hill and threatened a member of staff, waving the gun shaped implement in his face and ordering him to empty the till.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted charges of attempted robbery, possession of an imitation firearm and theft from a shop.

The youth had been drinking and consumed five or six litres of cider with a friend before entering the shop at about 7.30pm last Tuesday, magistrates at Wrexham Youth Court heard.

Wyn Jones, prosecuting, said: “The defendant said he vaguely remembers going into town and says he can’t recall the robbery but accepts the CCTV evidence.

“What the CCTV shows is this young man going in and he has got what appears to be a weapon. In fact it transpires it was a cigarette lighter instead of a gun.

“He said ‘I don’t want any trouble right. I have got this – just give me all the money or I will blow it in your face’.

“Give it me now before I shoot you in the face.”

Salih Kilic, who was behind the till, does notspeak very good English and called for the manager, who had been upstairs getting stock at the time of the raid.

At this point, the youth grabbed some beer from the shelf and fled.

Mr Jones added: “The fact that it is an imitation weapon is of little significance because the victim would not know if it was real or otherwise.”

Stephen Edwards, defending, said: “He is a young man who has no record of previous cautions. He has jumped in at the deep end really.

“He has recently been diagnosed as suffering with bipolar and is taking three or four sorts of medication.”

Chairman of magistrates Keith Thomas adjourned the case until January 7 for a pre-sentence report to be compiled and granted the teenager conditional bail.

Town Hill Market store manager Musa Turaci, who had asked his friend Mr Kilic to mind the store while he brought down some stock, said the only word Mr Kilic would have understood was ‘money’.

He said: “Obviously you are shocked, you can’t tell the difference and you can’t take the risk.

“Mr Kilic said I don’t work here and then he shouted to me twice.

“When he was shouting it made the lad nervous, he turned round and trapped the lighter under his own chin to free his hands so he could grab as many cans as he could.”

Mr Turaci, 29, added it was the first in the five years he had worked in the shop that there had been any problems.

He said: “I didn’t believe him at first when he told me – we’ve never had anything like that before.”

Mr Turaci said police were at the scene within five minutes of the attempted robbery and added the teenager was identified from the CCTV footage and arrested on the night of the incident.

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