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Attempted robber, who was in a 'trance', thwarted by anti-bandit window

Attempted robber, who was in a 'trance', thwarted by anti-bandit window

Philip Dewey

Attempted robber, who was in a 'trance',  thwarted by anti-bandit window
Samuel Medhurst, 24, was sentenced to a 12-month community order.

The attempted robbery of a jewellery shop in Windsor by a then unemployed man has been described as 'not the most sophisticated' by a judge.

Samuel Medhurst, of Victor Road, Windsor, appeared at Reading Crown Court for sentencing today after he pleaded guilty to attempting to rob Pearl Gallery, in Peascod Street, on April 19, at a previous hearing.

The 24-year-old defendant tried to smash the shop window with a lump of rock but failed to break it and proceeded to run away.

He was later identified by CCTV after his phone number was traced when he tried to call for a taxi.

A scarf he had been using to cover his face which had been discarded was later found by police.

Prosecuting Richard Moss said the contents of the shop were worth £400,000 and the replacement of the window had cost £847.

Defending Lawrence Henderson said Medhurst, had found himself 'at the end of his tether' and was in a 'depressed' and 'low' mood, after he was unable to find a job and his father's disability benefits had been cut.

Speaking of the attempted robbery, Mr Henderson said: "He didn't know what he was going to do, he can't remember the incident and was in a trance when he carried it out."

Sentencing Judge John Reddihough gave credit to Medhurst for obtaining employment and for being in a 'sensible condition'.

He said: "It was an amateurish smash and grab attempt and that indicates that it was something out of character for you.

"It was fortunate that you couldn't even break the shop window, if you had succeeded it would have been a more serious offence."

Medhurst was sentenced to a 12-month community order including 180 hours unpaid work and to pay £847 in compensation, as well as a £60 victim surcharge.

The whole incident was caught on CCTV

DC Andy Wroe said: “The whole incident was caught on CCTV and showed Medhurst trying and failing to carry out a smash and grab raid at the jewellers.

“He was thwarted by an anti-bandit window and although he fled the scene, he was quickly identified and arrested the same day.  

“He answered no comment in all his interviews but admitted the offence at his first court appearance.

“It was an amateur attempt to steal tens of thousands of pounds worth of jewellery. I welcome the sentence and hope it deters others from considering committing offences such as this.”

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