A half-witted thief has been jailed for a series of attempted robberies from supermarkets in London after he attempted to claim cash prizes from a batch of lottery scratch cards he had stolen during the incidents.
47-year-old Henderson Domingo of Kirkfield Close was tracked by police and arrested after an investigation into a batch of scratch cards that had been stolen from a supermarket in Upper Richmond Road in January 2021.
Domingo cashed in 27 stolen scratch cards at 4 different shops for a grand total of £255. Officers from London's Flying Squad arrested Domingo on February 25 last year near a supermarket on Northfield Avenue.
When officers arrested Domingo he was carrying a knife and in the process of approaching a person who he believed was a member of staff preparing to open the supermarket.
Officers recovered a total of £14,881 in cash from his home address in West Ealing.
In February 2021, Domingo was charged with five robberies, two attempted robberies, and one count of possession of a bladed article. In each of the robberies, supermarket staff were threatened by Domingo with a knife before he fled with cash and other valuables. He was subsequently charged with a further attempted robbery. On Friday, 8 July, Henderson Domingo was found guilty of all nine counts at Kingston Crown Court, the judge jailed him for a total of 14 years.
Detective Constable Pippza Bregazzi of the Met's Flying Squad said: "Mr Domingo will have a considerable period of time in prison to reflect on the distress he has caused staff at the supermarkets he targeted, as well as on his own foolishness and greed.
"Flying Squad officers continue to tackle robbery offences across the capital. We are determined, resourceful, and skillful, and we will use all available tactics to identify and apprehend those who use violence or the threat of violence to commit robberies in London."