Stolen Scratch-cards Proved To Be Robber's Downfall

Arrested at Northfield Avenue supermarket after claiming prizes

Henderson Domingo. Picture: Met Police


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An armed robber was arrested at a supermarket on Northfield Avenue after claiming prize from a lottery scratch-cards he had stolen.

In a series of previous offences, 47-year-old Henderson Domingo of Kirkfield Close, West Ealing had threatened staff with a knife to make them had over cash and other items including the scratch-cards.

On 24 January 2021, he had taken scratch-cards during a robbery on the Upper Richmond Road. The police had alerted retailers to be on the lookout for suspicious claims and on 27 and 28 January, Domingo visited four shops in Ealing claiming £225 in winnings from 27 stolen cards. They were able, using CCTV from the shops and other methods to identify him.

He was arrested by Flying Squad officers on 25 February at 5.50am near to a supermarket on Northfield Avenue and was found to be in possession of a knife. Police believe he was about to rob the shop because he was approaching a member of staff who was opening the store.

After Domingo was arrested, a total of £14,881.09 in cash was recovered from his West Ealing address.

Domingo was charged on 26 February 2021 with five robberies, two attempted robberies and one count of possession of a bladed article. He was subsequently charged with a further attempted robbery. In each of the five robberies, Domingo threatened staff with a knife before making off with cash and other items.
Domingo was found guilty of all nine counts on Friday, 8 July, at Kingston Crown Court, where he was jailed for a total of 14 years.

Detective Constable Pippa Bregazzi of the Met’s Flying Squad said, “Mr Domingo will have a considerable period of time in prison to reflect on the distress he has caused staff at the supermarkets he targeted, as well as on his own foolishness and greed.

“Flying Squad officers continue to tackle robbery offences across the capital. We are determined, resourceful and skilful, and we will use all available tactics to identify and apprehend those who use violence or the threat of violence to commit robberies in London.”

Anyone with information about those who use knives to commit crime can share what they know with police via 101 or the charity Crimestoppers. They never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use. Fill in their quick online form or call 0800 555 111.

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July 11, 2022

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