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Five years in jail for convenience store robber

PUBLISHED: 16:44 02 July 2015 | UPDATED: 16:44 02 July 2015

Paul Debenham

Paul Debenham

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31-year-old committed burglaries and robberies in Bromley and Croydon

A 31-year-old man has been jailed for five years after a series of burglaries and robberies at convenience stores across south London.

Paul Debenham, of no fixed address, was jailed for five years at Croydon Crown Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to six burglaries and two commercial robberies.

Debenham pleaded guilty to committing three offences in Bromley, two in Croydon, two in Merton and one in Sutton throughout October and November 2014, after being forensically linked to the scenes.

He committed the six burglaries at the stores after they were closed, breaking in and stealing cash, alcohol and cigarettes. The two robberies were committed when Debenham entered the stores with his face covered, threatened members of staff and stole cash, tobacco and alcohol.

He was arrested on December 2 in Birchanger Road, Croydon, after being linked forensically to the crimes.

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