A robber who stole cash at a Sittingbourne store was foiled by the victim as he tried to flee the scene.

On 23 May 2022Christopher Bygrave and Jimmy Brazil went to a shop in Milton Regis. Brazil entered the premises where he saw a woman waiting to deposit a quantity of cash.

Christopher Bygrave DESKTOP
Christopher Bygrave

He left the building and spoke to Bygrave who went in and stood next to the woman at the counter.

His presence made her nervous and, as she tried to phone her husband who was waiting outside, Bygrave snatched the money from her hand and ran towards the exit.


The victim pursued him and partially shut the door preventing his escape. Bygrave managed to pass some of the cash to Brazil and, in the struggle, cut himself.

Brazil left the scene with some of the money and was chased into an alleyway by the victim’s husband. Brazil assaulted his pursuer but was detained by attending officers.

Bygrave had run from the shop before the arrival of patrols and investigators recovered CCTV that showed both men at the scene. Bygrave was arrested on 25 May and forensic examination of blood on the door and a newspaper inside the shop, recovered his DNA.

Detectives later charged Bygrave, of Fern Walk, Sittingbourne with robbery. Brazil, of Barrow Grove, Sittingbourne was charged with counts of assault and receiving stolen property.


Both men pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and on Monday 5 September, 42-year-old Bygrave was jailed for two years and eight months.

Brazil, aged 30, was previously sentenced on 26 May to a 12-month community order and will have to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

Kent Police’s officer in the case, PC Nathan Green, said: ‘Bygrave is a violent man who forcibly stole a woman’s cash thinking his victim would not resist. He underestimated her and in the ensuing struggle left traces of blood at the scene.

‘Investigators were quick to identify him as responsible for the crime and he is now serving a well-deserved prison sentence.

‘I would like to commend the victim, her husband and other witnesses who have assisted us to bring Bygrave and his accomplice to justice.’

By Ed

©2024 Hawkinge Gazette       -       The Hawkinge Gazette is not responsible for the content of external sites