A thief who cycled store-to-store in Folkestone wielding a knife and stealing goods has been jailed.
On Saturday 26 January 2019 Wayne Williams tried to steal meat from the Cooperative supermarket in Cheriton High Street. When confronted by a member of staff he threw the items on the floor then punched his victim in the face before running from the shop.
Two days later, at around 9am at Tesco in Foord Road, Williams, 48, was chased by a member of staff who had discovered he had a bag of chocolate worth more than £100 and had no intention of paying for it. Williams dropped the bag outside the store and started to run away before doubling back and lunging at the man with a lock knife. He took the opportunity to grab the bag he dropped, jumped on his bicycle and rode away.
The same afternoon he stole candles from Clinton Cards in the High Street and swung a punch at a member of staff when she tried to stop him leaving with the goods.
On Friday 1 March 2019 at around 2pm Williams was in Boots on Sandgate Road when a security guard tried to stop him from stealing items from the store. He chased him from the shop but was pushed in the process and had to let him go when Williams threatened to pull out his knife. The security guard did retrieve the bag, which contained deodorants, but Williams got away on his bicycle.
At around 3pm he also stole a box of chocolates from Tesco Express in Bouverie Road West.
Officers from the Local Policing Team in Folkestone located Williams with his bike that afternoon in Bellevue Street and arrested him. They also seized a knife from his pocket.
Williams of Shellon Street was subsequently charged with two counts of robbery, attempted robbery, two counts of theft and two counts of possession of a knife in a public place. He pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to seven-and-a-half-years at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday 16 May 2019.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Graham Wilkinson said: ‘Kent Police takes a zero-tolerance approach to knife crime and will continue to use every power available to remove these items from the street.
‘Williams has shown that regardless of the consequences he is intent on breaking the law, not only taking things that don’t belong to him and causing distress to those working and shopping in Folkestone but also endangering himself and innocent members of the public.
‘He’ll now serve time in prison for his actions.’