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Thomas McKenzie Gets Busted


In my ongoing desire to keep up with Thomas McKenzies everywhere, I bring you this news from Edinburgh, Scotland. Let's hope that my fellow Thomas learns from this experience and can change his ways.

From Today's Edinburgh News

A KNIFE-WIELDING hooded teenager who robbed a newsagent with two other males told police he got £40 in cash and 160 cigarettes as his share. When asked later by a police officer if the robbery had been worth it, 19-year old Thomas McKenzie replied: "No."

McKenzie, of Bingham Broadway, Edinburgh, pleaded guilty at the Sheriff Court today to assaulting Urmel Sharma in Sharma Newsagents, Bothwell Street, and robbing her of money, a till drawer and cigarettes on June 6 last year.

Fiscal Depute Gillian More said Mrs Sharma had been alone in the shop as her husband was in hospital.

She became aware of three males loitering outside, and two entered. One of them was McKenzie, who jumped on to the counter and then down beside Mrs Sharma.

He waved the knife at her and demanded she open the till.

The fiscal said the two other men ran off when they saw people approaching the shop who realised something was wrong.

They heard a woman screaming and then saw McKenzie running from the shop with coins falling on to the pavement.

McKenzie was arrested at a friend's house. When interviewed by police, McKenzie admitted taking part in the robbery but refused to name the other two men.

Mrs More said it was thought between £150 and £160 in cash had been stolen. McKenzie said he received £40 and 160 cigarettes out of the £400 taken. He had sold 120 of the cigarettes for £15.

Sheriff James Scott deferred sentence for a social inquiry report and remanded McKenzie in custody.