Armed woman imprisoned for tobacco raid

Convicted - Simone Ginette Larner, 27, from Stainforth.
Convicted - Simone Ginette Larner, 27, from Stainforth.
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A YOUNG woman has been imprisoned for four-and-a-half years for an armed robbery in Stainforth in Doncaster.

In a fast track case, it took only five weeks for the 27-year-old to be arrested by South Yorkshire Police and appear before a Crown Court judge and hear her sentence after she pleaded guilty to the charge.

Simone Ginette Larner, of Bootham Crescent, Stainforth, was jailed for the robbery with an imitation firearm committed last month.

The incident took place on the evening of Thursday, January 10, at a newsagents on Thorne Road, Stainforth.

Police were called to the premises after a woman entered the store, demanded money from the till and threatened staff with a black imitation handgun.

As the members of staff were unable to open the till, the woman grabbed 10 pouches of tobacco, valued at £60, and left the premises.

The staff were left shaken but uninjured.

DC Michelle Thompson said “The sentencing at court is a true reflection of the seriousness of this crime.

“By making threats with an imitation handgun, the incident was particularly terrifying for the staff involved who were, thankfully, not physically injured.”