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