South Scotland

Armed raider robbed garage in Jedburgh twice

An armed raider who carried out three robberies in the Borders has been jailed for five years.

Former army engineer Craig Stevens had admitted holding up the same garage in Jedburgh twice and robbing a supermarket in Hawick.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard Stevens, 23, was experiencing financial difficulties at the time.

Judge Lord Kinclaven told Stevens he would have been jailed for seven-and-a-half years had he not pleaded guilty.

Stevens targeted the Shell service station on Jedburgh's Edinburgh Road twice in less than two weeks last August.

In one of the raids, a worker locked herself in her office when Stevens entered the garage with his head covered with a bag which had holes cut in it for the eyes. He made off with nearly £90.

In May 2009, he brandished a knife at a supermarket worker at a Somerfield store in Hawick and stole £350.

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