Two men have been jailed for a succession of supermarket heists across Nottingham after threatening staff with a hammer.
The hammer-wielding duo were jailed for the robbery of Tesco supermarket in Top Valley in the early hours of October 4, 2019.
Craig Bagley, 34, of no fixed address, and his accomplice, Glynn Johnson, 33, also of no fixed address, appeared at Leicester Crown Court via video link today.
Bagley threatened a staff member at the store with a hammer before both men left with stolen bottles of alcohol.
The main perpetrator, Bagley, was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for the Tesco robbery, two other supermarket robberies, and two possession of an offensive weapon charges.
The other robberies took place in a Sainsbury’s in Carrington street on November 10, 2019 and in a Local 4 U store in Bulwell on November 15, 2019.
His accomplice, Johnson, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, including a five month sentence for breach of a suspended sentence in connection to a separate offence.
Detective Inspector Chantelle Whitney of Nottinghamshire Police said: “We do not tolerate violence in our county and as a force we are committed to tackling robbery.
“These incidents would have been frightening for the victims involved and I hope today’s result shows how seriously we take such crimes.”
Mr Bagley stole alcohol and cash totalling more than £800 from the supermarkets as well as threatening staff members with various forms of violence.
In the Local 4 U incident, Bagley repeatedly smashed the door to a locked store room with a hammer while a staff member hid for their safety.
After an area search, Bagley was spotted and a police dog assisted an officer in safely detaining him.
Following a thorough investigation into the robbery, Johnson was arrested at the Premier Inn Hotel in Hucknall.
The Detective Inspector added: “Robbery can have a devastating financial impact on businesses and we endeavour to work with our communities to ensure that businesses and their staff feel supported and protected.
“I am pleased that our officers acted quickly to arrest and charge both Bagley and Johnson and I welcome today’s result.”