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Four years behind bars for crook who went armed with a weapon

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A man who broke into properties in West Norfolk and Cambridgeshire has been jailed for four years.

Harry Smith, 29, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court last Wednesday.

He had pleaded guilty to charges including burglary and robbery at an earlier hearing.

Harry Smith has been jailed for four years. (50384722)
Harry Smith has been jailed for four years. (50384722)

The case relates to two incidents on November 18 2019.

Smith broke into a property on Hickathrift Field in Marshland St James in the early hours of the morning. He was disturbed by the victim before making off from the scene.

Later, he entered a business premise on Church Terrace in Outwell armed with a weapon before making threats to a member of staff and demanding money.

He subsequently stole between £100 and £200 before running off.

Following enquiries, officers linked Smith to both offences and a number of other incidents in Cambridgeshire.

Investigating officer DC Vicki Homer said: "I am extremely pleased with the sentence that Smith received last week as it reflects all the hard work completed during this investigation.

"These incidents are extremely upsetting to the victims and we hope the fact we have secured this conviction will give some closure to those he targeted.

"We would like this to be a message that we will not tolerate this kind of activity in Norfolk and will not hesitate to bring violent offenders to justice."

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