Braunton armed garage raid accused 'gave clothes away'
- 31 October 2013
- From the section Devon
A man accused of involvement in an armed raid admitted owning clothes caught on CCTV, but said he gave them away beforehand, a court heard.
Lee Prouse, 24, and Jordane Morris, 21, deny the robbery at Knowle Garage, near Braunton, Devon, last November.
Mr Prouse told Exeter Crown Court he gave the clothes to Jamie Latta, who has admitted robbery.
Ms Morris said Latta kept items in her car, where they may have been contaminated with her DNA.
The jury heard two men were filmed on CCTV in the garage and convenience store armed with a knife and meat cleaver.
Shop owner Trudi Mian, 65, chased them out, but they managed to get away with £60.
The robbers' masks and outer clothes were found in a nearby alley by a police dog that tracked them from the scene, the court was told.
Prosecutors said Mr Prouse and Latta were the robbers and Ms Morris acted as the getaway driver.
The court heard Mr Prouse and Ms Morris, both of Stanhope Square, Holsworthy, were living in her Volkswagen car around the time of the robbery.
The couple said they were in north Devon on the day because they had just picked up Mr Morris's dog from Ilfracombe and were on their way to Bridgwater, Somerset.
They blamed the raid on former friend Latta, 27, from Braunton.
Mr Prouse said Latta had been thrown out of his previous home by his partner who had kept or destroyed almost all his clothes.
He told the jury he gave Latta a bag full of clothes, including items worn by the robbers, and that was why his DNA was found on them.
He denied going to the garage on the night of the raid.
Ms Morris also said she was "not part of the robbery", but told the court Latta had kept belongings in the boot of her car occasionally, indicating why her DNA was found on the clothes.
The trial continues.