18-year-old 'coward' jailed for string of robberies (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Trai Glasgow, of Hillfoot Road, Romford, was jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday
An 18-year-old was jailed yesterday after admitting to over a dozen robberies in Woodford.
Trai Glasgow, of Hillfoot Road in Romford, targeted people using smartphones, often while they were wearing headphones, and on several occasions armed himself with a screwdriver which he used to threaten victims.
He was jailed for five and a half years at Snaresbrook Crown Court after pleading guilty to 14 counts of robbery.
“Glasgow plagued the area around Snakes Lane East, Broadmead Road and Chigwell Road for two months between November 2012 and January 2013, committing a string of robberies,” a police spokesman said.
One victim had been stabbed in the arm with the screwdriver after refusing to hand over his phone.
His injuries were not serious.
DC Joanna Stevens of the Ilford Robbery Squad said: “Trai Glasgow is a cowardly man who used a weapon to intimidate people and steal from them.”
A further 16 counts of robbery were asked to be taken into consideration.
As his pattern of offences emerged, police deployed extra plain clothed officers to the area to catch Glasgow.
After attempting a robbery in Snakes Lane West on January 9 he was arrested in nearby Charteris Road and subsequently charged.
Detective Inspector Craig Robinson, Head of Ilford Robbery Squad, said: “He is a dangerous man who has shown that he would not hesitate to use violence when intimidation failed.”
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