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A man with a criminal record in Berlin has been sentenced to six years and ten months in prison for a series of eight robberies at gas stations. The district court found the 31-year-old guilty of particularly serious robbery on Wednesday.

The accused threatened employees of gas stations with telescopic batons, pistols or knives and stole cash and cigarettes, the court justified its verdict.

The series began in November 2020 and ended around six months later when the police caught the 31-year-old, who has been in custody ever since. Included in the current decision were two previous convictions for similar offenses.

The court also ordered the continued placement of the accused, who was drug addicted according to the report, in a reformatory. According to the verdict, the 31-year-old stole a total of around 10,200 euros from the crimes. An amount of this amount is to be collected.

The 31-year-old had confessed and said he committed the robberies to fund his drug addiction. “I did it all for the cocaine,” he said.

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According to a psychiatric report, the man had been using drugs since he was young. Since 2008 he has been repeatedly noticed by crimes.