A supermarket robber who stole lottery scratch cards in a bid to claim hundreds of pounds in cash prizes has been put behind bars for 14 years.

Cops hunted Henderson Domingo after a batch of National Lottery scratch cards were pinched from a supermarket in Putney, south London.

A court heard the 47-year-old visited four shops in Ealing to claim winnings and was paid a total of £255 from 27 stolen cards.

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Domingo was arrested by Flying Squad officers at around 5.50am on February 25 last year as he tried to rob a supermarket as it was opening.

He approached a person he believed was a member of staff before officers who were already at the scene stepped in to detain him.

The criminal was found in possession of a knife and a total of £14,881 in cash was recovered from his home in West Ealing.

Domingo was later charged with five robberies, three attempted robberies and one count of possession of a bladed article.

In each of the five robberies, Domingo threatened staff with a knife before making off with cash and other items.

He was found guilty of all nine counts and was jailed at Kingston Crown Court on Friday (July 8).

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Detective Constable Pippa 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 skilful, 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."

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