Two men, who robbed a pizza outlet in Chatham, have been jailed for a total of over seven years.
On Thursday 28th August 2014 two men entered the outlet on Chatham Hill in Chatham and left with a total of £180, having threatened staff with a knife and wooden bat.
Five days later the outlet was robbed again, with the offenders threatening to stab staff, but left empty-handed.
Following the offences, and a public appeal, various tip offs named 21-year-old Jacob Cloke and 23-year-old Joshua Dallison as the offenders. Fingerprints left at the scene were also linked back to Dallison, and both men were arrested.
On Wednesday 18th March Jacob Cloke (pictured on the left), of Hayle Road in Maidstone, pleaded guilty to both offences and was sentenced on Friday (10th July) for four years and four months. Dallison (pictured on the right), of Crown Quay Lane in Sittingbourne, stood trial and was convicted of robbing the outlet on 28th August and although charged with the second offence, no evidence was offered at court. Dallison was sentenced to three years and three months.
Detective Constable Gavin Humphrey, from Kent Police, told SFM News: "To be the victim of one robbery is distressing enough, just a few days later the outlet was victim again and the same members of staff were subjected to extremely threatening behaviour, aggravated by the possession of weapons. Having committed the offences, Cloke sought to cover his tracks by asking people to falsely claim they were with him elsewhere. Fortunately these people were not willing to commit a criminal offence on his behalf and we have been able to put them behind bars."