A man who robbed a Gaywood supermarket at knifepoint has been jailed for four years this afternoon.
Andrew Hennells, 31, of Riverview Way, Gaywood, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court, having previously pleaded guilty to a single charge of robbery. Further charges against him have been ordered to lie on file.
The case relates to an incident at the Tesco store in St Faith’s Drive on the evening of Friday, February 13 this year.
Hennells entered the store, armed with a knife, at around 7.40pm that evening and demanded cash from a till. He escaped with around £410.
Police say that, after that, he then hijacked a car which was being driven by a woman in her 60s whom he also threatened with the weapon, before escaping.
Armed officers were called to the area and Hennells was arrested a short time later. It subsequently emerged that he had posted a comment reading “Doing. Tesco. Over” on his Facebook page minutes before the attack.
Det Sgt Pete Jessop, of Lynn CID, said after the sentence was passed: “This case is a stark reminder that crime doesn’t pay.
“The victims found themselves being threatened at knifepoint while going about their business and the offender, as a result of poor decision making, now finds himself behind bars for four years.”
Mr Jessop said Hennells’ Facebook comments had not helped them to solve the case, but did help to confirm the pattern of events.
He added: “What did help us in this case was information provided by the public which allowed us to swiftly detain the suspect, safely resolving the incident.”