A MAN has been jailed for nine years following an armed robbery at a petrol station.
Ian Styles, 47, was part of a Merseyside gang who took more than £19,000 from the Shell petrol station on Station Road, Ellesmere Port, on November 5, 2010.
Two security guards were threatened with a sawn-off shotgun and a pistol in the robbery, but Styles went on the run and was not arrested until 14 months later.
Chester Crown Court heard Styles, of Whitehaven Road, Anfield, Liverpool, denied any involvement but police traced his mobile phone to the petrol station.
He was found guilty by a jury of conspiracy to rob and sentenced to nine years imprisonment.
Paul Ware, 46, of Tarbock Road, Prescot, and David McEvoy, 55, of Balsham Close, Halewood, were each jailed for six years in November last year after pleading guilty to the robbery.
CCTV had captured the robbers escaping in a white Mercedes van before they fled in a Mini car, which police later found on fire in nearby Meadow Lane along with the empty cashbox.
Both vehicles were picked up on camera leaving the Runcorn area and near to the petrol station in a series of dummy runs in the weeks leading up to the robbery.
Speaking after the trial Cheshire Police spokeswoman PC Shelley Williams said: “We are pleased this detailed and lengthy investigation has now led to the successful prosecution of the third man involved and justice has been served.
“This trio displayed contempt and disregard for the law and for the safety and wellbeing of others.
“Styles evaded police for a time. However, we remained committed to investigating and bringing to justice those suspected of involving themselves in serious – and in this case – pre-planned and organised criminality and he will now face the consequences of his action.”
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