An armed robber threatened a member of staff at a Sutton shop while buying vodka and chewing gum.
A man has been charged in connection with five crimes, two of them armed robberies in the space of 40 minutes in Sutton.
Aaron Hooton, 28 was arrested by armed officers in the Bluebell Wood Way area just after 6pm on Sunday.
On Monday night, the 28-year-old, of Clare Road in Sutton, was charged with two armed robberies at shops in Leamington Drive and Church Street, an affray incident in Willowbridge Lane and criminal damage at the allotments in Calladine Close. They all happened between 5.23pm and 6pm.
Police were called after a knifepoint robbery at the Premier Express shop on Leamington Drive at 5.23pm on Sunday.
At 5.45pm a female store assistant was then held at knife point at Bargain Booze on Church Street at 5.45pm.
A assistant at the store said: “It happened to a lady colleague. The man put a balaclava on outside walked in.
“He put the knife away and picked up some chewing gum then asked for a bottle of vodka.
“She thought he was going to run off with the bottle of vodka because its happened before and so kept it to herself where she could see it until he had paid.
“Then he said, ‘Open the till’, took the money and went.
“She’s alright - she handled it really well.”
The terrifying crime spree continued through the quiet leafy suburbs within a mile of the original robbery.
There was the attempted theft of a motorbike in Willowbridge Lane at 5.52pm and another incident in Hill Top View at 5.59pm.
Police said there was criminal damage caused at the allotments in Calladine Close at 6pm.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the areas or has any information should call police on 1010 quoting incident 667 of April 22.
Hooton has been remanded in custody to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday 22 May 2018.