A robber has been jailed for six years after holding up a supermarket at knife-point. Luke Monk pleaded guilty to robbing the Co-op, in Draycott Road, Sawley, on August 23rd last year and was sentenced at Derby Crown Court on Thursday, March 2nd.
Monk, of no fixed abode, and another man went into the shop at about 10pm that night. Monk (28) was brandishing a knife. After threatening staff they left with £2k worth of cigarettes and over £2k in cash. After threatening staff they left with £2k worth of cigarettes and over £2k in cash.
Police released CCTV footage of the crime and Monk was identified as a suspect. He evaded capture for five months despite extensive efforts to find him, which including an appeal and a £2000 reward offer from the independent charity Crimestoppers.
He was arrested at a house in Spondon on January 18th after being spotted on a pub CCTV. A second man, aged 25, was arrested on suspicion of the robbery shortly after it happened but there was insufficient evidence to charge him. Detective Sergeant Scott McDermott said: “You can see from the CCTV footage just how terrifying this robbery must have been for the staff who were working at the Co-op that evening, who were suddenly confronted by a man with a large knife. I hope this sentencing brings some form of closure for them and shows criminals that they will be pursued until we bring them to justice.