Two men rob convenience store in Plymouth and steal tobacco

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Carl Preece and Tommy Pengilly were arrested after police released CCTV footage of them

Two men have admitted robbing a convenience store in Plymouth and will be sentenced later this year.

Carl Preece, 26, and Tommy Pengilly, 20, were arrested by police after investigators released CCTV footage of two men they wanted to question about an incident at a Regent Street convenience store on April 28 around 6:40 p.m.

Preece, of Faversham Close, Wolverhampton and Pengilley, of no fixed address, was later charged with the theft, charged with uttering threats and sweeping up tobacco worth £675.61.

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The couple appeared at Plymouth Crown Court today via video link from jail and both men pleaded guilty to the charge. Prosecutors told the court that in his plea, Pengilley accepted that the case was racially aggravated and that racial slurs were used, although his lawyer told the court he did not recall this. what he had said at the time.

In the initial police call, it was noted that during the robbery at the convenience store, a man – believed to be a store employee – had broken his nose.

A pre-probation report was requested on Pengilly and Judge Neil Davey told the two men they would be remanded in custody to face sentencing before him at Exeter Crown Court on August 1.

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