A man arrested after a crime wave hitting shops across the Newark and Southwell areas has been brought to justice.
Jaye Whitten, who was charged in connection with a string of robberies and thefts, was locked up for six years when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday (6 May 2021).
Whitten pleaded guilty to a robbery at the Costcutter in Hawton Road, Newark, on 10 November 2020 where the 35-year-old lunged at a shop worker and shouted at her before running behind the counter and using a screwdriver to prize open the till and take cash, as well as grabbing several packets of cigarettes.
He admitted to another robbery at the One Stop in Bowbridge Road, Newark, on 5 November 2020.
Whitten, of Cherry Holt, Newark, forced his way over a till by removing the Covid protective screen, pushed a shop worker out of the way and unsuccessfully tried to take cash from the till before leaving with cigarettes.
He also pleaded guilty to an attempted burglary at The Veg Shop, in Main Street, Farnsfield, Newark, on 16 September 2020.
Whitten entered no pleas to a further count of robbery and four counts of theft which will lie on file.
He was sentenced after a number of businesses in the Newark and Southwell areas were targeted between 16 September 2020 and 10 November 2020.
Chief Inspector Heather Sutton, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “I’m pleased that Whitten has been brought to justice following a thorough police investigation into his crimes.
“At the time of these incidents these businesses were already concerned in regards to Coronavirus.
“Whitten’s offending during this period only added to their concerns so I hope it brings some comfort to those affected traders that he has now been locked up for a significant amount of time.
“I also hope our robust and detailed investigation and halting of Whitten’s offending reassures businesses and members of the public that Nottinghamshire Police will always strive to take positive action to tackle acquisitive crime, which can have a such a detrimental impact on shops and traders.”