A modern-day Bonnie and Clyde’s crime spree came to end after a 14-hour standoff with armed police.
The criminal duo were jailed for nearly 20 years for their part in a string of armed robberies across Derbyshire.
Mark Hamlet, 37 used a handgun to steal alcohol, cash, and tobacco from terrified shop keeps while his 50-year-old partner Rebecca Monk helped on one occasion.
In total, four robberies were carried out from June-July 2019.
Two of which were carried out over two consecutive days, starting on June 23rd at the Co-op in College Street, Long Eaton.
Rebecca entered the shop first, while Mark followed with his pistol and violent demands.
The second robbery was the next day, June 24, where Hamlet hit a Select Convenience Store in Stanton Road.
The second two robberies took place on July 3 and July 4 at a Texaco Petrol Station in Nottingham Road, Spondon and the Post Office in College Street, Long Eaton.
Officers tracked the criminals to their home address, where a 14-hour standoff ensued.
They were both arrested and the pistol used in the robberies was found in a Mr Kipling cake box.
DC Gavin Owen, who was part of the team that brought the pair to justice, said: “Incidents such as these are thankfully rare in our county – but in many ways that makes the actions of Hamlet even more shocking.
“The offences took place in small towns and villages and left those involved in understandable fear for their lives.
“That nobody was hurt during the offences is only due to the sheer good luck. CCTV footage of the incidents showed Hamlet pointing a gun, and in one case a knife, in the face of his victims.
“In one case the terrified shop worker heard the gun click and thought she was about to be shot.
“The victims in these incidents bravely gave evidence during the trial which was vital in securing this conviction. I cannot thank them enough for their support and strength since the offence took place.”
Both initially denied the offences that they were charged with.
Mark Hamlet was charged with four counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery and one count of threatening a person with a blade in a public space.
Rebecca Monk was charged with one count of robbery for the incident in the Co-op.
Both were found guilty through a trial at Derby Crown Court and were sentenced on December 10, 2021, at Nottingham Crown Court.
Hamlet received 15 years and six months while Monk was handed four years and three months for her role.
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