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Pair face trial after series of armed thefts

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 07, 2012

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Two men have appeared in court accused of a string of armed robberies on shops.

James Bothma, aged 26, and 24-year-old Luke Geoghean faced Plymouth magistrates charged with three robberies and one attempted robbery.

They allegedly robbed a man of a mobile phone, alcohol and an unknown amount of cash in Quay News, Oreston, on August 28.

Bothma and Geoghean are also jointly charged with robbing a woman of alcohol, tobacco and £76 in cash at Clifton Wine Stores, Clifton Road, Greenbank, on Sunday.

They are then said to have robbed a woman of cigarettes and £400 in cash at the Co-op in Beaumont Road, St Judes, on Monday.

Bothma and Geoghean are finally charged with attempting to rob a woman of cash and cigarettes in the Spar Shop in Old Laira Road.

Bothma, of Finch Close, Laira, and Geoghean, of no fixed address, were told the case was so serious it would have to go straight to Plymouth Crown Court. No pleas were indicated.

Magistrates adjourned the case to Plymouth Crown Court until September 24 and remanded Bothma and Geoghan in custody.

Police said at the time that two members of staff were threatened in Clifton Stores at 9pm on Sunday.

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