Mates rob service station, blow loot on booze, strippers

Alexander James Beckman at Ipswich Courthouse.
Alexander James Beckman at Ipswich Courthouse. Inga Williams

IT read like a scene out of a Monty Python film for its comical nature but not for the serious aspect of the script.

A court has heard how a group of mates robbed a service station then blew the money on booze and strippers before being caught on their way home.

Alexander James Beckman, 19, Daniel James Rogers, 22, and Reace Gordon Reed, 25, pleaded guilty in Ipswich District Court on Thursday to armed robbery and two counts of attempted armed robbery.

Another two co-offenders will be sentenced in August.

Crown prosecutor James Marxson told the court the five mates concocted a plan at how they could get their hands on some money.

He said Reed was the "mastermind" behind the plan and the one who hired the getaway car from Europcar using his real name and details.

"The travelled to 7 Eleven in Inala and three of them entered the store," he said.

"They had a carjack wrapped in fabric which they passed off as being a gun.

"The attendant locked himself in the store room and when two cars pulled into the station to fill their cars with petrol they all fled."

Mr Marxson said they ran down the road to another service station which they actually robbed.

He said it was about 300m from the first location and the getaway driver followed them down the road in the hire car.

"They entered the store and placed the carjack wrapped in fabric on the counter," he said.

"The attendant believed he was looking at a gun and heeded to their demands.

"They fled the store with $800, 15 packets of cigarettes and two chocolate bars."

Mr Marxson said the third attempted robbery took place about an hour later.

He said they then drove to Dominos Pizza at Bundamba and entered the store demanding money.

"One of them yelled "gun" and all the employees were told to lay on the floor or they would be shot," he said.

"A worker grabbed a broom and threatened the men and they fled empty handed."

Mr Marxson said the group then went home, got changed and hit the town.

He said the crimes were extremely serious and the victims involved thought the group had an actual weapon.

"They ended up going to a strip club in Fortitude Valley," he said.

"Essentially the money was squandered on a night out on alcohol and exotic dancers.

"They were caught the following morning on their way home where they confessed to the crimes immediately."

The court heard they were currently receiving disability support pensions for medical or psychological conditions and all three had expressed extreme remorse for their actions.

The court also heard Reed and Rogers had criminal histories but Beckman did not.

Judge Greg Koppenol told the three they were not the most sophisticated offenders he had come across in his time but their crimes were extremely serious none-the-less.

He sentenced Beckman to two years behind bars but granted him immediate parole.

He sentenced Rogers to three years behind bars but granted him immediate parole after taking into account the 228 days he had served in pre-sentence custody.

Judge Koppenol sentenced Reed to two years and 10 months behind bars and granted him immediate parole after taking into account the 181 days he had served in pre-sentence custody.

Convictions were recorded.

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