Milton Keynes man jailed after 'terrorising' shop staff with a machete during robbery

A Milton Keynes resident was one of two men who pleaded guilty to armed robbery charges at Luton Crown Court.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 4:14 pm
Updated Monday, 15th March 2021, 5:26 pm

On Wednesday March 10 Adam Pennington, 23, of Doggett Street, Leighton Buzzard and Karl Partridge, 24, of Dominica Grove in Milton Keynes both pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

Pennington pleaded guilty to a further offences regarding the pair's attempted escape from the scene of the crime.

Pennington was sentenced to seven years and three months imprisonment. Partridge was sentenced to three years and one-month imprisonment.

Two men were jailed after pleading guilty to robbery and weapons charges in Luton Crown Court on March 10

The incident took place in Leighton Buzzard in September 2019 when the two men entered a convenience store armed with a baton and machete.

They threatened staff, demanding money out of the shop tills.

After collecting trays worth of bank notes, the pair made their escape in a grey Peugeot.

Bedfordshire police credit intelligence from witnesses in helping them trackdown the getaway car within 40 minutes of the robbery.

Karl Partridge, 24, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an offensive weapon

When Partridge and Pennington spotted the police vehicle, they attempted to speed off and run a red traffic light, but they crashed the car as a result.

They were identified when officers reviewed CCTV and saw the pair wearing distinctive clothing and jewellery.

When arrested, Partridge was wearing the same clothing and had a packet of gum on him which he was seen stealing from the store. Pennington was wearing a different set of clothes than in the CCTV, but those clothes were later recovered from the boot of the car.

Investigation Officer Gillian Cook-Smith, who investigated, said: “Pennington and Partridge raided the shop and terrorised the unsuspecting staff members. They brandished their weapons menacingly; hitting them on the counter and waving them towards the employees.

Adam Pennington, 23, from Leighton Buzzard pleaded guilty to robbery, possession of an offensive weapon and driving offences.

“When they were located by police officers, they attempted to drive off at speed, putting themselves, the officers and members of the public in danger as they crashed their car into a wall.

“This type of violent behaviour won’t be tolerated and we are satisfied that justice has been done. They will now spend a considerable time in jail paying for their actions that September evening.”