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Bank robber told staff he was only "joking"

But he tried again at another shop less than ten minutes later.

Kris Brown Credit: Kent Police

Kris Brown Credit: Kent Police

Date - 5th December 2017
By - JJ Hutber- Police Oracle

A robber held up a store in Kent with a hammer but told staff he was joking when they refused to give him any money.

Kris Brown,35, of no fixed address, entered the shop in Wrotham Road, Meopham in September armed with a hammer.

He ran away after a staff-member refused to open the till, but then tried robbing another store less than ten minutes later with a knife.

Yet again he failed to make off with any money so stole a scratch card and fled.

Both offences were caught on CCTV. Brown was identified and arrested on September 25.

He was also wanted for an earlier robbery in August, where he had been caught on CCTV robbing a third store in Wrotham Road and stealing cash.

Brown pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, two counts of attempted robbery, and two counts of possessing a knife at Maidstone Crown Court.

He was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday November 29.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Rob Sircar said: “Brown targeted three stores over the course of a month in an attempt to make a dishonest profit.

“His desperation and thoughtlessness for the victims of these crimes was clearly shown when he held up two of the shops within ten minutes.

“I hope this sentence proves to be the wakeup call Brown needs. This behaviour will not be tolerated and will always end with a term behind bars.”

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