Ipswich man charged with robbery, knife and fraud offences
Police have charged a 29-year-old man in connection with three incidents.
The first incident occurred at some point between 12.55pm and 1.40pm on Sunday 17 February.
An offender, who was holding a knife, entered Springs in Spring Road, Ipswich, and demanded cigarettes from the shopkeeper. The shopkeeper refused and then chased the offender out of the store.
A second incident occurred at some point between noon and 6pm at Aurora in Helena Road, Ipswich, the same day.
An offender entered a tent and stole three wallets containing cash, bank cards and other miscellaneous items. The bank cards were later used to purchase goods.
A third incident occurred just after 9.30pm on Monday 25 February, at Patel Newsagents in Fore Street, Ipswich.
An offender entered the shop and approached the counter demanding money from the till. The shopkeeper initially thought the suspect was joking, but he then brandished a blue-handled kitchen knife and went behind the counter, pulled the till out and ran out of the building with it.
Police carried out enquiries and subsequently arrested a man on suspicion of various offences and he was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.
Luke Smart, 29, of Oxford Road, Ipswich, was charged with robbery, attempted robbery, two counts of possession of a knife, handling stolen goods and fraud by false representation.
Smart appeared before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 4 May and is next due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday 4 June.