A man found guilty of multiple armed robberies across Essex and East London has been jailed for a total of 10 years.
Ky Ellis, of no fixed address, terrorised workers at betting shops and petrol stations by threatening them with knives or guns.
Between December 2018 and February 2019, the 42-year-old carried out two armed robberies in Brentwood, Essex, one in Stratford and one in Canvey Island.
He was also found guilty of two thefts – one at a perfume shop in Southend-on-Sea and the other at a pub in Forest Lane in East London – as well as seven cases of shoplifting across Essex in December 2018.
No one was injured in any of Ellis’ robberies.
Ellis pleaded guilty to all offences, and was found guilty on October 15 at Snaresbrook Magistrates Court.
He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Detective Constable Stefen Rule, investigating for the Met Police, said: “Ellis is an extremely dangerous offender who has a long history of criminality and committing armed robberies.
“Thankfully, no one was injured during his spree, but the number of people affected by his actions can only be guessed at.
“Our colleagues in Essex Police worked tirelessly with us to ensure this dangerous man was caught and he will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars.”