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'Coppercino' robber jailed after police thwart his attempt to steal from Northampton Starbucks

Matthew Clarke (left) attempted to steal from the Starbucks store in Northampton. Credit: Northamptonshire Police/ITV News Anglia

An armed robber who targeted a coffee shop in Northampton only to find that police were sitting in the drive-thru queue has been jailed for six years.

Matthew Clarke, 29, threatened staff with a hammer and a screwdriver at a Starbucks in St James Retail Park on August 13, but didn't bargain for the fact that armed officers were sat in the drive-thru waiting to order a drink.

He was promptly arrested and later charged with robbery.

A 29-year old man and a 28-year-old man also arrested in connection with the incident were released under investigation pending further enquiries.

“Matthew Clarke certainly got more than he bargained for when he attempted to rob Starbucks on that Monday morning and I’m very pleased to hear that he has been rewarded with six years behind bars for his efforts," Detective Inspector Adam Pendlebury said.

“We are absolutely determined to fight crime and protect people in Northamptonshire - this was a very distressing incident for the staff at Starbucks so to get justice for them is brilliant.

“I also hope this serves as a reminder that it’s not such a bad thing when police officers manage to take their well-earned breaks while out on shift, and as this case shows, they are never quite off-duty.”