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Hair straightener heist: Addicts in tug-of-war with staff

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: July 29, 2013

Jamie Lake

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A HAIR straighteners heist ended in a tug-of-war between drug addict robbers and staff at a beauty supplier.

Cerise Theyer and dad-of-six Jamie Lake attempted to steal three sets of hair straighteners worth £300 from Sally Salon Services in Honeybourne Way, Cheltenham.

But their plan was foiled by quick-witted staff who tried to lock them in a cupboard, before the tussle broke out.

The pair were jailed after pleading guilty at Gloucester Crown Court to the robbery on May 18.

Prosecutor David Maunder described the robbery as a "hair straighteners heist".

He said Shirley Vaughan suffered some sort of blow during the tug-of-war, though it was not known who may have hit her.

Lake, known as Yankie, of Princess Elizabeth Way, also admitted possession of crack cocaine with intent to supply on November 21, 2012.

Mr Maunder said the 27-year-old was stopped on the street acting suspiciously before a strip search at Cheltenham Police Station uncovered around £200 of the drug in plastic wraps between his buttocks.

He also had £210 in his sock and two mobile phones.

He told the court: "Both phones had text messages making reference to drug dealing – some complaining of having been ripped off and relations complaining about him selling drugs, as well as requests."

In mitigation, Joe Maloney said Theyer, of Grove Street, Lansdown, wanted a prison sentence, rather than a community based drug rehabilitation order, as she had made progress coming off drugs since being in custody.

Mr Maloney said that Theyer felt being back in the community at this time would be "setting her up for a fall".

The 26-year-old was jailed for nine months and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC described the robbery as a "horrible attack".

He told her: "I think you are an intelligent young woman who knows you are going to die early and have a very miserable life, because that is what heroin does."

Lake was jailed for three-and-a-half years and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

He added to Lake: "You know very well the example you are setting to your six children could not be worse.

"There are six children going around Gloucestershire saying my dad's a druggie – not a great start in life for them."

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  • John67  |  October 16 2015, 3:12PM

    What has all these comments got to do with the fact that . THis guy has 6 kids was storing CANNabis in his BUTT cheeks and WAs caught stealing Hair Straightners along with his heroin addict partner. It ceases to amaze me !!!

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  • ismee  |  July 30 2013, 12:55PM

    I remember this guy, when he and another robbed the till from a pub I worked at.

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  • ismee  |  July 30 2013, 12:55PM

    I remember this guy, when he and another robbed the till from a pub I worked at.

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  • ismee  |  July 30 2013, 12:55PM

    I remember this guy, when he and another robbed the till from a pub I worked at.

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  • ismee  |  July 30 2013, 12:53PM

    I remember this guy, after he and another robbed the till from a pub I worked in,

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  • TimMessanger  |  July 30 2013, 8:30AM

    RoseHillWR - my thoughts exactly. :)

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  • RoseHillWR  |  July 29 2013, 1:22PM

    I knew we were in for a treat when I read this: "Was any of you sat in the gallery when the case was being heard?????" Hoorah!

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  • nickthompson  |  July 29 2013, 10:45AM

    And finally: Meanwhile Ministers, officials and guests downed more than 3,900 bottles of wines and spirits in the space of only nine months last year. The Whitehall booze bill, paid for with public funds, includes four bottles of Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage, normally £450 each, and two bottles of 'a luscious and harmonious' Bordeaux worth £320 each. Hundreds of ultra-wealthy Britons are being investigated for tax evasion following the exposure of their secret offshore accounts. International spy agencies are thought to have helped obtain a 'goldmine' of data that names high-profile multi-millionaires and their financial advisers. The files show how the rich have hidden billions in Singapore, the British Virgin Islands and the Caymans.

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  • friend582  |  July 29 2013, 10:43AM

    Never said they not guilty if you read it all as they are guilty i said

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  • nickthompson  |  July 29 2013, 10:41AM

    And a couple more: A building society boss provoked fury yesterday by saying the issue of fatcat pay was too 'hard' for the man in the street to understand Mr Howe, who is paid £300,000 a year for working less than three days a week, said it was a 'society problem' that people find it 'hard to understand' why finance chiefs earn so much more than them. His remarks followed angry scenes at Nationwide's AGM as members attacked as 'morally obscene' the £7.9million – or nearly £1.6million each – in pay and bonuses received last year by five executive directors. A BARRISTER has been convicted of fraudulently obtaining a council flat in Bristol and sub-letting it, while earning £300,000 a year as a lecturer and owning two homes.

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