A robber who pulled out a knife and demanded all the cash from a till and two bottles of Jack Daniels in a Ramsey shop has been jailed for four years.
Christopher Scott, 47, walked into the Spar shop, in Great Whyte, on 6 June and approached a shop assistant standing in the sweet aisle.
He reportedly said, “I fancy something sweet”, but when the worker asked what she could get him, he replied, “all the cash from the till”, before pulling out a knife.
The shop assistant and her colleague opened the till and emptied the cash. Before he left, Scott also demanded the two bottles of Jack Daniels from behind the counter, all while wielding the knife towards staff.
Scott, of South Walk, Ramsey, was captured on CCTV and identified by officers who later arrested him.
He pleaded guilty to robbery and possessing a knife in a public place and was sentenced to four years in prison at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday (7 July).
Detective Constable James Lewis, who investigated, said: “This was an incredibly frightening incident for the shop staff who genuinely feared for their safety.
“Scott was linked to the crime by shop CCTV and later identified by our officers.
“I’m pleased justice has been done today and I hope it can bring some closure for the staff who were put through this ordeal.”
The robbery caused severe disruption to open times at the shop as the staff recovered from their ordeal.
Days later the manager posted to Facebook that “as you may be aware our staff have been deeply affected by a robbery at knife point which took place on Tuesday the 6th of June at approximately 8pm
“Whilst we deal with this difficult time we are trying to get back to normality. We have reduced hours which will be updated regularly.
“Apologies for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding”.
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