Man who robbed Gravesend shop at gunpoint jailed for three-day crime spree
PUBLISHED: 00:42 25 August 2013
A man who went on a three-day robbery spree in Gravesend and Medway has been jailed for eight years.
Joseph Tullett, 28, of no fixed address, admitted four counts of robbery and three of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday.
His first target was For Girlys clothes shop in Stone Street, Gravesend, on April 30.
The court heard he asked shop assistants for advice about a gift for his girlfriend and returned to by a dress and vouchers.
But when the assistant went to collect the vouchers, Tullet pulled her to the floor and threatened her before escaping with £50 out the till.
Later that evening, Tullett struck again, threatening staff with a gun at the Co-Op in Pattens Lane, Chatham.
He ordered staff to give him money at gunpoint and got away with £200 in cash.
The next morning, he robbed a William Hill bookmakers in Ordnance Street, Chatham, again using the gun to force staff to give him access to the till. He stole £300.
He struck for a fourth and final time the following day, May 2, at a chemist in Rochester.
Tullett made off with about £90 in cash after threatening to shoot staff and his spree ended after being traced to an alleyway in Chatham and arrested.
Acting Det Sgt Darryll Paulson, said Tullett left his victims “severely distressed and fearful”.
He added: “He would surely have created more havoc if he had not been caught so swiftly.”
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