An armed robber who wielded a claw hammer as he raided shops in Whitstable and Chatham is starting a six-year jail sentence.
Charlie Elliot, 35, of no fixed address, robbed two convenience stores in Chatham in April.
Dressed in dark clothing, white gloves and a balaclava he jumped over the counter armed with the hammer and helped himself to cash from the till.
He took hundreds of pounds of cash in the raids.
Wearing exactly the same clothes he then robbed a shop in Canterbury Road, Whitstable, on Wednesday, April 25 just after 10pm.
One man was hit across the back with the hammer when he, along with another man, challenged Elliot and wrestled him out of the store.
Elliot was detained until Kent Police officers arrived to arrest him. The hammer was seized and following a review of CCTV he was linked to all three incidents.
Elliot pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon when he appeared in the dock at Maidstone Crown Court yesterday (Friday).
Investigating officer Det Con Kerry Whiting said: “Elliot has shown he is a dangerous man who will put lives at risk without a second thought.
“This was a very frightening ordeal for his victims and we are extremely grateful to the two men who put themselves in danger to restrain him.
“Thankfully his actions did not result in serious injuries, however these violent crimes can have a lasting impact on victims and no one should suffer at the hands of thieves like Elliot.
“He will now serve time in prison where he can no longer pose a threat to the public.”