A man who committed a spree of robberies in Greenwich over the festive period has been jailed.
Alex McGuinness, 34 (17.01.83), of Wellington Gardens, SE7, was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday, 15 June.
He pleaded guilty at the same court on Friday, 31 March to four counts of robbery and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.
A count of attempted robbery and a further count of possession of an offensive weapon were ordered to lie on file.
From Christmas Eve 2016 through to New Year’s Day 2017, McGuiness committed a string of robberies at a chemist and different convenience stores across Greenwich.
During one of the robberies on New Year’s Eve at a shop in Westcombe Hill, SE3, McGuinness closed the door to prevent other customers from entering. When the shop keeper realised something was wrong and approached him, McGuinness produced a knife and threatened the shop keeper. A struggle ensued before the shop keeper was able to get behind the counter.
McGuinness proceeded to destroy the scratch card display before demanding money, which he then made off with.
He stole varying amounts of money and scratch cards from the other venues where knives were also produced and staff were threatened.
CCTV from some of the locations provided officers from Greenwich Crime Squad with images of McGuinness and through their diligent investigation they were able to identify and link him to all of the offences.
McGuinness was arrested on Thursday, 12 January and charged the following day.
PC Simon Davey, the investigating officer from Greenwich Crime Squad, said: “These were a series of particularly nasty and violent offences. The Greenwich Crime Squad is dedicated to putting violent offenders like McGuinness behind bars, and I am pleased today to see that justice has been served. Greenwich will be a safer place with him in prison.”