Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Jail after Yeppoon Servo Hold-Up; Knife-Wielding Bandit Needed the Cash to Pay off a Drug Debt

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Jail after Yeppoon Servo Hold-Up; Knife-Wielding Bandit Needed the Cash to Pay off a Drug Debt

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Byline: Michelle Gately michelle.gately@capnews.com.au

District Court

Who: Ryan James Webb

What: Armed robbery

Sentenced to three years' imprisonment, eligible for parole December 18

DESPERATE for money to pay back a drug debt, Ryan James Webb disguised himself with a black hoodie and entered the United Petroleum Yeppoon armed with a hunting knife.

But his disguise wasn't enough to stop service station manager Uday Akula from recognising Webb as a regular customer.

Yesterday, Webb, 22, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to one count of armed robbery.

Mr Akula was nearing the end of his shift on Saturday, November 22, when Webb entered the store and demanded money.

The court heard Mr Akula asked Webb if he was serious about the robbery when he recognised his voice.

Webb replied he just needed the money and eventually left the store with $245 cash from the till.

Crown prosecutor Megan Jones said police interviewed Webb about the incident on November 23, where he told them he had burned the clothes he was wearing that night. …

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