Robber who targeted Meopham shops jailed for four years
PUBLISHED: 15:56 01 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:56 01 December 2017
A robber who held up a Meopham shop with a hammer - but told employees he was joking when they refused to give him any money - has been sent to prison for four years.
Kris Brown, 35, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday, November 29, following his guilty plea to one count of robbery, two counts of attempted robbery and two counts of possessing a knife.
Brown entered the store, in Wrotham Road, in September, armed with the weapon. He ran away after an employee refused to open the till, then attempted to rob another store under 10 minutes later, with a knife.
He again failed to make off with any money, so stole a scratch card, unwittingly knocking over a lottery display as he fled.
Both incidents were captured on CCTV, and Brown was identified and arrested on September 25.
The offender had also been wanted for an earlier robbery in August, when he had been caught on CCTV targeting a third store in Wrotham Road and stealing a sum of cash.
Det Con Rob Sircar, the investigating officer, said: “Brown targeted three stores over the course of a month in an attempt to make a dishonest profit.
“His desperation and thoughtlessness for the victims of these crimes was clearly shown when he held up two of the shops within 10 minutes.
“I hope this sentence proves to be the wake-up call Brown needs. This behaviour will not be tolerated and will always end with a term behind bars.”