A 25-year-old man has been sent to prison for nearly three years after robbing a Subway sandwich shop in Wellingborough.
Robert William Cridland, previously of Wellingborough, entered the store in Grafton Close in broad daylight at 12.40pm on August 18 this year, and threatened staff with a kitchen knife.
He then stole the till which had just over £600 in it and made off.
An investigation was launched by Northamptonshire Police which led to Cridland and resulted in his arrest.
He was subsequently charged with one count of robbery and one count of possessing an offensive weapon, both of which he pleaded guilty to at Northampton Crown Court on September 26 this year.
He returned to the same court this month (November 14) where he was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
In their victim impact statements, both staff members who were working at the store at the time detailed how anxious the incident has made them, with one of them writing – “I am struggling to leave the house. I do not want to go out because I am anxious something bad will happen again.”
Lead Investigator – Detective Constable Amelia Thompson said: “This was a terrifying incident for the staff members working at Subway that day and so I am pleased that Cridland pleaded guilty to these offences and is now in prison.
“I also hope that he reflects on the choices he has made so far in life and realises that at only 25-years-old, he still has an opportunity to turn his life around when he gets out of prison and make better decisions.
“Everyone who goes to work should feel safe and anyone who violates that right will be pursued by Northamptonshire Police. I hope this case demonstrates that determination and I want to reassure the public that we will continue working hard to bring people like Robert Cridland to justice.”