A man has been jailed for six years for numerous offences, including robbery, theft and burglary after appearing at Southend Crown Court on Friday, April 7.
Raymond Bird, 34, from Walthams Place, Pitsea was arrested on Friday, January 27 and charged with robbery, threatening a person with a knife and two counts of theft after three separate incidents.
The incidents include a knifepoint robbery, which took place on Tuesday, January 24 in the Martins Store in Timberlog Lane, Pitsea where a three-figure sum of cash was taken from the till.
He also stole a two-figure sum of cash from the till of Martins newsagents in Honeywood Road, Pitsea, which took place on Tuesday, November 29 and on Tuesday, October 25, Bird stole fragrance sets from the Vana Pharmacy in Rectory Road, Pitsea.
He has received a 12 month prison sentence for handling stolen goods, a two year sentence for burglary and a six month sentence for theft. On a separate charge Bird has received two six month sentences for theft and six years for robbery, which he pleaded guilty to all. These are to be run concurrently and Bird will serve three years on licence once he is released.
He pleaded not guilty to threatening with an offensive weapon, which will lie on file.