Heroin addict jailed for botched shop robbery

A heroin addict who made a botched attempt to rob a corner shop in Lincoln has been jailed for 40 months.

Marc Glasscoe covered his face with a scarf in an attempt to disguise himself and armed himself with a craft knife before walking into the store in the Ripon Street area of Lincoln.

Jonathan Dunn, prosecuting, said that Glasscoe demanded money and made to go towards the till but was grabbed and taken out the store by the shopkeeper assisted by an unknown member of the public.

Mr Dunn said “He made his escape but he had left behind his tie and his spectacles at the scene.”

DNA testing linked the items to Glasscoe who was on police records because he had a previous caution for possession of heroin. As a result he was arrested.

He tried to rob the corner shop on Ripon Street in Lincoln. Photo: Google Street View

Mr Dunn said “He said he had heroin and alcohol addictions. He was in debt to his dealer.”

Glasccoe, 41, currently of no fixed address, admitted charges of attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article as a result of the incident on 6 November this year.

Diane Mundill, in mitigation, said “He felt himself trapped between a rock and a hard place. He was in debt to a drug dealer and he didn’t have a source of income to pay the money. The offence wasn’t sophisticated. He simply put a scarf around his neck.

“He has a drug addiction. He has been using drugs to self medicate for depression and anxiety.”

“He apologises. He is sorry for what he has done.”