Rugby man wrote a crime 'to do list' before barging into two shops and demanding cash

A detective thanked him for being considerate enough to write his crimes down

Wednesday, 21st July 2021, 4:58 pm
Liam Benz.

A Rugby man who made a “to do list”, which included robbing two stores has been jailed for more than three years.

22-year-old Liam Benz charged into two Rugby shops demanding cash, and when police raided his York Street home they found a list of things to do which included “stick someone up?” and “£100” and “£120”.

Below this was written “cash point/shop robbery” which was written twice with the first crossed out as if complete.

On April 6, Benz went into a shop in Lawford Road, where he pushed to the front of the queue and accused the shop worker of selling alcohol, cigarettes and drugs to his '14-year-old daughter'.

He then slapped the member of staff and demanded cash.

Benz fled the scene empty handed after being confronted by other members of staff.

Later on in the day he went to a store in Blackwood Avenue where he threatened and punched a shop worker after accusing him of selling alcohol to his '14-year-old daughter'.

Benz demanded £120 in cash and tobacco, which the worker handed over before calling the police.

Officers arrived and found Benz in Somers Road, Rugby where he was arrested and officers seized the stolen cash and tobacco.

Appearing at Warwick Crown Court on Friday July 16, Benz was sentenced to three years and five months in prison after pleading guilty to robbery and attempted robbery.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of class A drugs with intent to supply having been arrested in Rugby in January.

Detective Constable Kat Brock from Rugby CID said: “We were incredibly grateful to Mr Benz for making a ‘to do list’ which proved very useful in helping to convict him. I only wish more criminals were this helpful.

“Theses offences were clearly premeditated and were incredibly distressing for the victims; this has been reflected in the length of his sentence.”