Reece Fleming, 31, of Therlmere Drive, Middleton, Manchester, appeared at Preston Crown Court today. He went into the Co-op at around 9.55pm on Thursday 3 May 2012 wearing a balaclava and gloves. He demanded money from the shop manager, a 28-year-old man, before fleeing the scene in a silver Vauxhall Astra, with a bag of cigarettes valued around £2900 and around £1500 cash.
The bag of cigarettes was discovered on the driveway of an address on Hereford Road and the car was later found abandoned on Monmouth Road.
Officer in the case DC Jen Lennon said: “Fleming travelled into Lancashire with the intent of
committing this robbery. Whilst it was fortunate that no one was injured, his actions left both the shop manager and assistant very shaken and frightened. It is certainly not something they will be able to forget for a long time.
“Robbery is a very serious offence and I hope this sentence is a warning to those who think they can travel into Lancashire to commit crime. We will do everything we can to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.”