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Gravesend shop robber Joseph Tullett jailed for eight years over three day spree
A ROBBER has been jailed for eight years after raiding a shop in Gravesend and three others in Medway in the space of three days.
Joseph Tullett, 28, of no fixed address, admitted four counts of robbery and three of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
It was also alleged Tullett was in possession of a vegetable knife in a robbery at For Girlys in Gravesend, but he denied the offence which was accepted by the prosecution.
The robbery at the clothes shop in Stone Street was the start of a three-day spree, Maidstone Crown Court heard on Thursday (August 22).
Tullett entered For Girlys shop at about 3.30pm on April 30 asking for advice about a gift for his girlfriend. He left the store but returned about 10 minutes later and agreed to buy a dress and some gift vouchers.
As the shop assistant went to collect the vouchers from the counter, Tullett grabbed her by the shoulder and pulled her to the floor before threatening her. He took £50 and ran off after the victim managed to activate the panic alarm.
Later that evening, the robber struck again, this time threatening staff with a gun while wearing a crash helmet at the Co-Op in Pattens Lane, Chatham, before leaving the store with about £200 in cash.
The following day, at 9am, Tullett walked into the William Hill bookmakers in Ordnance Street, Chatham, again wearing a crash helmet, where he stole £300 after producing a replica handgun.
He struck for a fourth and final time the following day on May 2 at 5.30pm, entering Karsons Chemist in City Way, Rochester, and making off with around £90 cash after telling the cashier: "I’m going to shoot ya."
After a search involving Kent Police officers and the police helicopter, Tullett was located and arrested in an alleyway in Elm Road, Chatham.
Kent Police acting Detective Sergeant Darryll Paulson said: "Joseph Tullett embarked on a spree of violent offences, four in three days, which left his victims severely distressed and fearful.
"He would surely have created more havoc if he had not been caught so swiftly. We are satisfied with the sentence handed to Tullett which reflects the severity of his actions."
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