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Man robs supermarkets by threatening employees with dirty hypodermic needle

By Mason White 5:16 PM October 1, 2017
Josh Musson
Josh Musson
By: Tanya Clark

A man robbed dozens of supermarkets by threatening employees with a dirty hypodermic needle, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Grimsby police said that they have arrested 26-year-old Josh Musson, after being accused of stealing items from Farm Foods, Heron, and Iceland.

Musson was charged with robbery, attempted robbery, theft, making threats, possession of a bladed article in a public place and disturbing public order.

He pleaded guilty to robbery, making threats and theft at the Grimsby Crown Court, as part of a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors.

Musson’s defense attorney pleaded for leniency, claiming that his client was addicted to drugs.

Musson was sentenced to 3 years and 3 months in prison.

According to the police investigation, over a period of many months, Musson terrorized many supermarkets on Freeman Street.

During each robbery, when employees tried to stop Musson from leaving the stores without payment, he pulled out a dirty hypodermic needle and threatened to stab anyone standing in his way.

The employees backed off as they feared for their safety, and Musson was allowed to leave with the stolen items.

Over time, Musson became known in the area as the “needle guy.”

Musson mainly targeted shops in Freeman Street, including Farm Foods, Boyes, Heron, Harrison News, and Iceland.

In addition to being jailed, the judge banned him from entering these shops in the future.

Steve Harrison, who is the owner of Harrison News, said that he was happy that Musson was taken off the street and will no longer terrorize the area, but he believes that the 3 year sentence is too lenient.