Two men who carried out street robberies in Margate have been jailed for a total of more than 10-years.
Kieran Martin and Luke Tudor robbed a taxi driver and two men carrying their shopping in the town in March 2022.
Following an investigation by Margate detectives, they were both charged with and later admitted robbery and other offences.
At Canterbury Crown Court on 17 January 2024, Martin, 30, of no fixed address, was jailed for seven and a half years and Tudor, 36, from Margate, was handed a sentence of two years and nine months.
Martin and Tudor approached two men carrying their shopping in Addington Road on 17 March 2022 and demanded the men hand over alcohol from their bags. When the men refused, they were pushed and the bottles were stolen from them. Tudor and Martin then left the scene.
Later on the same day, the pair approached an off-duty taxi driver and demanded he give them a lift. He told them he was not working but they got in the car anyway and the driver took them to a pharmacy.
When they arrived, all three men got out of the car and the driver was assaulted. He ran into the pharmacy to get away, before Martin and Tudor damaged his car and a took a pencil case in which he kept his fares.
Kent Police’s investigating officer, DC Matthew Burridge, said:
‘These two men put victims in fear of violence in order to steal from them and damaged a car which was its owner’s livelihood.
‘I am pleased our investigation has led to them being removed from the streets of Margate, and I hope the sentences imposed give their victims a sense that justice has been done.’