After a 14-hour standoff with armed cops, modern-day Bonnie and Clyde were arrested and imprisoned.
After a 14-hour standoff with armed cops, a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde's crime spree came to an end.
For their roles in a series of armed robberies across Derbyshire, the criminal duo were sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison.
Mark Hamlet, 37, used a handgun to rob terrified shopkeepers of alcohol, cash, and tobacco, with the assistance of his 50-year-old partner Rebecca Monk on one occasion.
From June to July 2019, four robberies were committed.
Two of them took place over two days, beginning on June 23rd at the Co-op in Long Eaton's College Street.
Rebecca was the first to enter the shop, followed by Mark, who was armed and ready to make violent demands.
The next day, June 24, Hamlet committed a second robbery at a Select Convenience Store on Stanton Road.
On July 3 and 4, robberies occurred at a Texaco Petrol Station in Nottingham Road, Spondon, and the Post Office in College Street, Long Eaton.
Officers tracked the criminals down to their home address, where they were engaged in a 14-hour standoff.
They were both apprehended, and the robbery pistol was discovered in a Mr. Kipling cake box.
"Incidents like these are thankfully rare in our county - but in many ways that makes Hamlet's actions even more shocking," said DC Gavin Owen, who was part of the team that brought the pair to justice.
"The crimes were committed in small towns and villages, and the victims were understandably terrified for their lives."
"The fact that no one was hurt during the crimes is due to pure luck."
Hamlet was seen pointing a gun, and in one case a knife, in the faces of his victims on CCTV footage from the incidents.
"In one case, a terrified shop employee heard a gunshot and assumed she was about to be shot."
"The victims of these crimes bravely testified during the trial, which was critical in securing this conviction, and I cannot thank them enough for their support and strength since the crimes occurred."
Both initially denied the charges leveled against them.
Four counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery, and one count of threatening a person with a blade in a public place were filed against Mark Hamlet.
For the robbery at the Co-op, Rebecca Monk was charged with one count of robbery.
Following a trial at Derby Crown Court, both were found guilty and sentenced on December 10, 2021, at Nottingham Crown Court.
Hamlet was sentenced to 15 years and 6 months in prison, while Monk was sentenced to four years and three months in prison for her role.