Two men responsible for a string of armed robberies at supermarkets across Northamptonshire have been jailed for a total of more than 11 years.
Shaun Martin, 35, of Darwin Walk, Northampton, and Daniel Bage, 29, of no fixed address, were handed four and-a-half year and seven year sentences respectively at Norwich Crown Court today, after pleading guilty to 11 raids at Co-op and Tesco stores.
Eight of their crimes took place at supermarkets in Northamptonshire, the remaining three in Norfolk and Suffolk.
The eight robberies in Northamptonshire included one at the Co-op in Lake Avenue, Kettering, on June 29 last year.
The others, all in 2012, were at:
Co-op, Pond Farm Close, Northampton, on April 24
Co-op, Wootton Hope Drive, Northampton, on May 15
Co-op, Richmond Road, Towcester, on June 1
One Stop shop (Tesco), Kent Road, Duston, June 12
Tesco Express, Wimborne Place, Daventry, on June 22
Co-op, Hunters Way, Brixworth, on July 17
Co-op, St Leonard’s Road, Far Cotton, Northampton, on August 17
Det Insp 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.
“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.”