A Sudbury teenager who robbed a shop at knife point is starting a three year sentence in a Young Offenders Institution.
Chandler Newcombe, 18, had threatened a member of staff at Strawberry Stores in Ballingdon Street with a knife and a pair of scissors on the early evening of
Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday that Newcombe, of Ballingdon Street, Sudbury, had demanded money and tobacco before fleeing.
Newcombe was arrested later the same evening after police found a bag nearby containing cash and tobacco.
The court was told that a week earlier Newcombe had committed two burglaries in Christopher Lane, Sudbury.
On March 22 he had stolen a laptop computer worth £400 and a purse after breaking into a house, while between March 24 and 25 he burgled a garage to steal a Nissan car.
Judge David Goodin was told that the laptop and purse had never been recovered while the Nissan car had been found having suffered “substantial” damage.
Sentencing him to a total of three years custody, Judge Goodin told Newcombe: “Get your head down, get what qualifications you can and put your background behind you.”
Defending, Matthew Sorel-Cameron said Newcombe had been in foster care since he was seven-months-old and had been diagnosed with ADHD.
As well as being made to work every summer holiday, Newcombe had not been shown affection by his foster parents, said Mr Sorel-Cameron.
Judge Goodin told Newcombe: “None of that was your fault but you cannot let it hang like an albatross round your neck or you will find yourself in prison.”
The judge said he accepted that Newcombe, who planned to pursue a career in landscaping, wanted to put his trouble past behind him and said the GCSE qualifications he had obtained so far were impressive.
Newcombe had pleaded guilty to robbery, two offences of possession of an offensive weapon and two offences of burglary.