Robber jailed over raid at Leeds Co-op store

Carl Chadwick.
Carl Chadwick.
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A ROBBER who took part in a knife-point raid at a Leeds Co-op store has been jailed for four years.

Carl Chadwick was caught after he failed to wear a disguise during the hold-up at the store on Otley Road, Adel, on March 2 this year.

Chadwick, 29, and a masked accomplice entered the shop at 10.30pm as two members of staff were working shortly before closing time.

Chadwick’s accomplice, who has not been caught, grabbed hold of a male member of staff and held a knife to his throat before making demands for cash.

Chadwick, of Ridgeway Terrace, Woodhouse, then went behind the counter were a female assistant was and she was ordered to take cash out of the till.

Paul Nicholson, prosecuting, said the 19-year-old woman was “petrified” and was shaking uncontrollably but Chadwick spoke to her softly and in a calm manner.

She managed to open two tills and handed over cash.

Chadwick also took packets of cigarettes and bottles of vodka. The pair left when a third member of staff entered the store from a rear office. They made off with £240 in cash.

Chadwick was recognised from CCTV footage. The court heard he has served a four year sentence for previous robbery offences. He also has convictions for burglary and theft.

The court heard the teenage victim still had nightmares about the incident and had changed her working hours as a result.

Graham Parkin, mitigating, said Chadwick accepted that he had taken part in a “joint enterprise” with the other man but was not the prime mover in the robbery.

He said the other man carried the weapon and made threats to staff while Chadwick remained calm.

Recorder Ray Singh said: “No doubt this must have been one of the most frightening experiences of her life.

“Your target must have been for a large amount of money, not the pitiful amount that you did take.”