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This knifeman slapped chewing gum on a Tesco counter before robbing the store and cycling off

A knifeman slapped a packet of chewing gum on a Tesco counter before robbing the store and cycling off on a mountain bike – which was his undoing.

Robert Keltie, 29, entered a Tesco store in Chadburn, Paston, at just after 7am on Sunday, April 15, wearing dark clothes with his hood up.

A court heard how he approached the till and slammed a packet of chewing gum on the counter before producing a knife which he pointed towards the cashier, demanding they open the till.

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Keltie then reached over the counter and took £425 from the till before riding off on a mountain bike.

Caught bang to rights

Robert Keltie

Later local officers recognised the bike outside Kelties address and during a search found him hiding in the airing cupboard.

Keltie, of Whitwell, Paston, Peterborough, had previously pleaded guilty to robbery and yesterday (July 12) was sentenced to 44 months in prison and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170 at Peterborough Crown Court.

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Detective Constable Justin Parr said: “Fortunately nobody was harmed in this incident, although the victims have been left shaken by the ordeal.

“This sentence shows the tough stance the criminal justice system takes on knife crime.”

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