Scarborough teenager: ‘I tried to rob the garage’

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A Scarborough teenager has admitted attempting to rob a petrol station of cigarettes and cash while holding a de-activated luger pistol.

Matthew Gee, 18, of Falsgrave Road, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and to possessing a firearm when he appeared before York Crown Court yesterday.

The court heard a female shop worker at the West End Garage in Seamer Road was approached by Gee in the early hours of October 16.

The woman, who had the gun pointed at her, was said to have been left “shocked and angry” following the incident, which took place at about 3.20am.

Armed police swooped and arrested Gee a short time later after he had abandoned the robbery and fled the scene.

Detective Inspector Geoff Carey said such crimes were “extremely rare” in the Scarborough area, adding: “On receipt of the report police were mobilised immediately.”

Gee was told his sentencing would take place on February 13 following the preparation of a pre- sentence report.

A second defendant, a teenage youth, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, denied the charges.

His trial date was set for the week beginning February 6 next year.

The court was told that various reports would have to be prepared. Both defendants were remanded back into custody – the youth to a secure unit – to await the next hearings.