A man who bragged about robbing a shop in Eastbourne was caught, convicted and jailed for six years.
Police were called after a man entered the Co-Op in Beatty Road, Eastbourne, and demanded cash shortly before 11pm on Friday 19 April.
The suspect made off from the scene having stolen a small quantity of cash, and forensics officers attended within an hour.
Whilst at the scene, a woman contacted police and reported being in nearby Pevensey Road when she was approached by an unknown man who claimed he had just committed a robbery.
Within hours, a witness appeal with CCTV images was circulated on social media, which led to a further call from a member of the public who identified Terry Harris as the suspect. This caller also claimed he had boasted about the incident.
A few days later, police received a further call from Crimestoppers, reporting that Harris was at the Premier Inn in John MacAdam Way, Hastings.
Officers attended and Harris was found hiding under a bed in one of the rooms.
The 32-year-old painter, of no fixed address but known to frequent the Eastbourne area, was arrested and charged with robbery.
He was remanded in custody and appeared before Lewes Crown Court on Friday 26 July, where he pleaded guilty to robbery.
He was sentenced to a total of six years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.
Author: Sam Satchell
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