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Tinder trap robber Jack Croucher jailed for six years

Tinder trap: Madelyn Capewell. Photo: Simone De PeakA former bikie associate who set a Tinder trap and lured a victim expecting sex to an empty car park so he could be robbed has also been convicted of firing a shotgun at a witness during a bungled ATM theft.
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Jack Anthony Croucher, 21, of Bonnells Bay, appeared in Newcastle District Court on Friday to be sentenced for armed robbery in relation to the Tinder set-up in July, 2014, and for two offences stemming from an attempted early morning ATM theft at the Cooranbong Newsagency five months earlier.

He was sentenced to a maximum six years in jail with a three year non-parole period.

Court documents state Croucher was on a good behaviour bond when he and four other associates of the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang discussed stealing the ATM on February 7, 2014.

CCTV footage from two cameras at the newsagency shows Croucher reversing a four-wheel-drive up to the ATM about 4.15am.

Four men jump out of the car and start feeding a tow-strap out of the boot. But before they can fix it to the machine, the store’s owner returns in his car.

The men jump back into the car, but as Croucher is driving out of the car park he stops and points a shotgun through the passenger side window at the victim.

The passenger in the front seat of Croucher’s car had to lean forward to avoid being shot, court documents state. The victim ducked down behind the dash as Croucher fired a blast from the shotgun at his car, spraying pellets and shrapnel that hit the front and side of the vehicle.

Croucher then drove away. The victim was not injured.

Croucher wasn’t arrested until July 30, 2014, after police linked him to a robbery in the car park of Morisset Pool a few days earlier.

Court documents state that in the early hours of July 26, a 34-year-old man used the popular dating application Tinder to “match” with a woman named “Brittany” who claimed to be 20-years-old.

The two began chatting and by about 9.30am were getting into the heavy details. Court documents state that “Brittany” asked the man, “you wanna f – – – me”, followed by “it’s gunna cost ya”.

They agree on a time and location and negotiate a price.

The only problem was “Brittany” was actually Croucher, who had used photos of his girlfriend Madelyn Capewell on the profile. When the victim showed up to the meeting spot he spoke briefly with Capewell before Croucher jumped from a car with a 50 centimetre metal pole and accused him of “trying to pick up my girlfriend”.

The victim handed over his cash, phone and alcohol but refused to give up his credit card, prompting Croucher to smash the windscreen of his car. Capewell was given a suspended jail term for her role in the robbery.

Newcastle Herald

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