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23 April 2013, 04:00
Two men have been sentenced to a combined prison sentence of over 11 years following a series of robberies at business premises across Norfolk, Suffolk and Northamptonshire.
Shaun Martin and Daniel Bage, who had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robberies were sentenced to a total of 11 and a half years imprisonment.
Shaun Martin, aged 35 years, from Darwin Walk, Northampton was sentenced to four and a half years; and Daniel Bage, aged 29 years of no fixed abode was sentenced to seven years.
The pair were sentenced in relation to three robberies at Co-op stores in Norfolk and Suffolk at:
The Co-op store in Sheringham, Norfolk on Wednesday 8th August 2012;
The Co-op store in Clenchwarton, Norfolk on Wednesday 22nd August 2012;
The Co-op store in Laxfield, Suffolk on Wednesday 5th September 2012; and
Eight robbery offences that had been carried out at Co-op and Tesco business premises in Northamptonshire as follows:
The Co-op store, Pond Alarm Close, Northampton on Thursday 24th April 2012;
The Co-op store, Wooton Hope Drive, Northampton on Thursday 15th May 2012;
The Co-op Richmond Road, Towcester on Friday 1st June 2012;
The One Stop shop (Tesco), Kent Road, Duston, Northampton on Thursday 12th June 2012;
The Tesco Express, Wimborne Place, Daventry on Friday 22nd June 2012;
The Co-op store, Lake Avenue, Kettering on Friday 29th June 2012;
The Co-Op Hunters Way, Brixworth on Tuesday 17th July 2012; and
The Co-op store, St Leonard’s Road, Far Coton, Northampton on Friday 17th August 2012.
Speaking after sentencing Detective Inspector David Giles from Suffolk Police said: “Today is the culmination of a lengthy police investigation over nine months across three counties and I am pleased with the sentences handed down by the Judge at court.
“The robberies had been meticulously planned and executed at stores, often in remote locations. Bage and Martin formed part of an organised crime group who had clearly researched their crimes and went to great lengths to carry out the robberies and secure their escape.
“For shop staff to be confronted by people threatening them whilst brandishing weapons must have been terrifying for them. The fact that they are now behind bars will hopefully be of some comfort to them.
“The investigation that has concluded today has come about through excellent cross border working between forces, the tenacity of a Suffolk officer who followed a suspects vehicle which failed to stop and good old fashioned policing.
“Today should serve as a warning to those people who are thinking of committing such crimes that wherever you choose to hide, we will never stop looking for you.”
At Norwich Crown Court on Monday 25 March, Anna Spina, aged 41 years from Newport Pagnell Road, Northampton was sentenced to 9 months, suspended for 18 months and ordered to do 200 hours community service over a 12-month period after pleading guilty to assisting an offender in connection with the robbery at the Co-op store in Laxfield.