A man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for two failed Post Office robberies by Preston Crown Court.
Adam Jones, a 21-year-old man from Ormskirk, attempted to rob two Post Office stores on the same day on July 19th.
Jones entered both sites brandishing an imitation firearm and threatened staff before leaving empty-handed.
Police said, “Following enquiries Jones was quickly arrested by police on Flax Lane, Burscough. An imitation firearm, described as a revolver, was recovered nearby.
“Jones was charged with two offences of attempted robbery and two offences of possessing an imitation firearm.
“He pleaded guilty at court and was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.”
The offender attempted to rob the first Post Office on County Road, Ormskirk between 3pm and 3.30pm, before attempting the second robbery at around 4.10pm in Square Lane, Burscough.
Det Sgt Paul Mulrooney, of Ormskirk Police, added, “Adam Jones is clearly a dangerous offender whose actions that afternoon sparked fear and alarm in the community.
“His behaviour was callous and reckless, causing genuine fear for the staff members he targeted, who did not to know the firearm was a fake.
“Thankfully no-one was harmed and nothing stolen, with quick police work leading to Jones’ capture shortly after the second raid.
“This was a fast-moving investigation with support from a number of people, including victims who provided Jones’ description to officers, as well as response officers who arrested him. I would like to place on record my thanks to them.”