09:57AM, Saturday 16 May 2020
A robber from Slough who threatened a supermarket shop manager with a knife and stole almost £4,000-worth of cigarettes has been jailed for six years and nine months.
Callum Brooks, of Wavell Gardens, raided a Co-op supermarket in Bells Hill Green, Stoke Poges, early in the morning on Monday, March 9.
A member of the public had reported men sitting in a small black car in the vicinity of the Co-op and observed one of the men producing a large knife from underneath a sheet, causing her to call police.
Shortly afterwards, Brooks, 29, entered the Co-op wearing a mask over this face.
A quantity of cigarettes, valued at almost £4,000, was emptied into a large empty duvet cover.
Brooks threatened the shop manager with a knife and marched him to the rear of the store and he then ripped one of the tills from the counter, causing extensive damage to the store’s IT network.
Brooks then ran from the shop, making an escape in the black car.
Officers who were already en route intercepted the vehicle, and following a brief pursuit, Brooks was detained and arrested.
Upon arrest, Brooks was still in possession of the face mask and admitted to officers that he had committed an armed robbery.
The car, which was believed to have been on false plates, was searched, and the stolen till and duvet cover full of cigarettes, were found in the boot.
No-one was injured during the incident.
Brooks admitted robbery and possession of a pointed/bladed article in a public place in a hearing at Aylesbury Crown Court on Monday, May 4.
Returning to the same court for sentencing yesterday (Friday), Brooks was jailed for a total of six years and nine months.
Investigating officer Detective Constable James Lacey, of Force CID based at Aylesbury, said: “This was an appalling robbery which took place at a busy time of day with numerous members of the public including school children going about their business.
“This was undoubtedly a terrifying ordeal for all the innocent parties caught up in it.
“It was a pre-meditated, organised crime, evidenced through the fact that Brooks was still in possession of items to conceal his identity and avoid forensic detection, and the fact that he was using a vehicle on false plates.
“Callum Brooks is a dangerous offender who demonstrated a complete disregard for the safety of everyone around him.
“Our officers responded very quickly, allowing a swift arrest, and I am pleased that he has been brought to justice and entered a guilty plea at the first opportunity.
“Thames Valley Police will always thoroughly investigate any form of knife crime.
“Our message is clear – anyone who arms themselves with a knife and goes out in public can expect to be arrested and brought before the courts, where they are likely to receive a custodial sentence.”
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