Sri Lankan Tamil boss jailed for raiding his own shop in UK

Shopkeeper caught out after CCTV footage showed no-one had entered or left is jailed for 20 months.

Sri Lankan Tamil boss jailed for raiding his own shop in UK

A shopkeeper who faked an armed robbery to cover up his theft of £13,000 from the till has been jailed – after his store’s CCTV system recorded him plotting the charade. Rasadhurai Raguvannan, 36, and his employee Sathiyanathan Kanagasabai, 35, claimed three thugs raided their shop and post office armed with a handgun and a hammer.

The pair said the crooks had made off with £12,000 and the store’s CCTV hard drive – and even posed behind the counter for a local newspaper as they recounted their ordeal. Armed police were deployed, but officers became suspicious when security footage from neighbouring businesses showed nobody entering or leaving the store at the time of the alleged raid.

Days later, they discovered the CCTV hard-drive in the Allenton Convenience Store and Post Office, in Allenton, Derby, had been reconnected. An audio recording caught the pair discussing their plan. Raguvannan and Kanagasabai each admitted perverting the course of justice.

Raguvannan, from Northampton, also admitted stealing £13,063 in cash and equipment from the shop and was jailed for 20 months. His co-defendant, of Wolverhampton, told police he did not know Raguvannan had been stealing. He was handed a ten month sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. The court was told that members of the Sri Lankan community had clubbed together to loan Raguvannan the money to pay back the Post Office.

  • Shopkeeper and employee claimed three thugs raided their shop and post office armed with a handgun and a hammer
  • Said the crooks had made off with £12,000 and the store’s CCTV hard drive
  • Officers became suspicious when security footage from neighbouring businesses showed nobody entering or leaving the store at the time

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Related Post

Deportation of Sri Lankan Tamil student stopped before plane departure
views 43
A university student who faced being deported from the UK to Sri Lanka has had the order halted hours before she was due to board a plane. Shiromini S...
Sri Lankan Tamil woman stabbed to death in Germany
views 199
An asylum seeker is said to be on the run after a woman was killed in a savage attack that saw her repeatedly stabbed in the head, neck and breast. A ...
Sri Lankan Tamil on trial for video recording women on mobile in UK
views 197
London, UK: A Sri Lankan Tamil sales executive allegedly filmed women in a Tesco supermarket by passing his mobile phone underneath their dress withou...
Shocking: Mummified body found in a Hindu temple in Germany
views 55
Berlin, Germany: The police and fire brigade have extracted a mummified body from a Hindu temple in the district of Neukölln, Berlin. According to rep...
UK Tamil boy to train with top coaches after winning national football comp...
views 143
Central midfielder Raj Vijayarajah, who lives in St George’s Road, has been crowned the winner of the Search For An Asian Football Star contest, beati...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK