Teen robber nailed by the colour of his pants

CRIME: Crime scene.
CRIME: Crime scene.
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A Sheffield teenager was one of two youths jailed for a shop robbery after bragging about it on Facebook – and by being linked to the crime by his Union Jack boxer shorts.

Corey Hobson, aged 17, from Sheffield but of no fixed address, and accomplice Reece Winfield, 18, from Nottingham, pleaded guilty to the raid on a newsagents in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in February when they stole alcohol and cigarettes.

Nottingham Crown Court was told that minutes after the robbery when they were still close to the scene, Winfield took a photo of Hobson with the stolen goods and it was posted on Facebook.

Also posted was a photograph of Hobson’s bloodied finger, which he had injured during the robbery.

The court heard that when someone later posted a copy of a newspaper article about the robbery on Facebook, Hobson commented: ‘Hehehe that’s me.’

In CCTV footage of the incident, Hobson and Winfield’s faces were obscured, but both youths’ brightly-coloured underwear showing above their low-slung trousers was not.

When they were arrested two days later they were still wearing the same underwear.

Hobson and Winfield were both jailed for 32 months.