Glasgow & West Scotland

Francesco D'Aguanno and Craig Lafferty admit Airdrie armed robberies

Two teenagers have admitted carrying out three armed robberies at shops in North Lanarkshire in two days.

Francesco D'Aguanno 19, and 18-year-old Craig Lafferty targeted the Daily Shop Express in Kippen Street, Airdrie, on 17 May and again the following morning.

They also raided Hand Save, in the town's South Robertson Place, later on 18 May.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lady Stacey deferred sentence on the pair for background reports.

The court heard how D'Aguanno and Lafferty robbed the Daily Shop Express on 17 May, armed with a large butcher-style knife and a set of numchucks.

CCTV images

During the raid, which was captured on CCTV, they stole a quantity of cash and cigarettes after threatening the shopkeeper.

The following morning the pair used the same weapons to rob the same shop again.

This time they escaped with £80, six cans of deodorant and a quantity of cigarettes.

Later that day, they threatened staff in Hand Save before escaping with £30 and 18 packets of cigarettes.

Following their guilty pleas, Lady Stacey told the pair they had pleaded guilty to "very serious charges".

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