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Ipswich: Cake-holding armed robber Marley Wallace jailed after hold-ups at three stores in 24 hours

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 July 2014 | UPDATED: 09:00 23 July 2014

Robber Marley Wallace

Robber Marley Wallace

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An armed robber who targeted three east Ipswich stores in 24 hours is behind bars today.

Marley Wallace, of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, was jailed for three years and eight months when he appeared for his sentencing at the town’s crown court.

The 22-year-old had previously pleaded guilty to two robberies and an attempted robbery.

Wallace was captured by police after a botched raid at the Co-op in Clapgate Lane, Ipswich, on May 29.

He is said to have gone into the store at around 4.20pm before wandering up to the till holding a Golden Syrup cake.

Wallace then lifted his top up and the female shop assistant saw he was partly holding a knife.

Although he demanded money the cashier said she could not open the till and raised the alarm, causing Wallace to flee.

He was caught shortly afterwards when he was seen walking from Devonshire Road into Back Hamlet heading towards town.

Wallace was carrying a bag which was part of the description given to police in relation the person who carried out the attempted robbery.

The previous day Wallace held up Premier Stores shops in Freehold Road and Foxhall Road at knifepoint within two hours of each other.

The first raid took place just after 4pm in Freehold Road.

The female cashier heard the bell on the shop door go and went to serve Wallace, who had a knife tucked into his trousers.

Although the knife was never drawn the assistant handed over the cash he demanded in £5 and £10 notes.

At 5.50pm the same day Wallace raided the nearby Premier Stores shop in Foxhall Road.

He looked around the premises before taking a drink and packet of crisps to the till.

Wallace then ask for money and put his fingers in the waistband of his trousers to indicate he had a knife.

He left with the cash and disappeared in the direction of Heath Road.

After Wallace was arrested on suspicion of robbery he subsequently admitted to police that he was involved in all three incidents.

In addition to his jail term Wallace was given a £100 deprivation order and told he must pay £120 to the victims’ fund.

10 comments

  • Last time I saw him he had a cake of his own... where did it go wrong? and enough of the political commentary and pandy he is from here lol.

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    Toby Hillier-Skeels

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Pandy, I am not John the Bap.... my post was an humorous comment on what John the Bap had written, comparing a lethal knife with a lethal Golden Syrup cake... think Monty Python, think self defence against fruit and vegetables...

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    Citizen

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Who opened the flood gates to these Eastern Europeans labour before the Tories took power

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    pandy

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I see johnthebap trades under two names citizen as well

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    pandy

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • waspie's wife...getting tough on knife crime are we. 10 years for brandishing a knife, not less than 4 for armed robbery as in this case....would be more fitting.

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    waspie

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Only in Ipswich... you couldn't write a script.... we certainly breed some tough guys here. Ah ha ha ha ha - oops dampened me trazzers.

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    Sarky Sage

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Any robbery involving a Golden Syrup cake should result in a 10 year sentence, especially as criminals only serve half the given sentence if they behave themselves! (whereas I would double sentences for those who don't).

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    Citizen

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Weak sentences for criminals, huge salaries and bonuses for the bankers who wrecked our economy, wealthy Russians causing huge increases in our house prices and donating to Tory funds, Eastern European migrants being given £54,000 a year benefits (even for children NOT living here in the UK!) whilst our disabled are having their paltry sums taken away! What a mess the UK is in under the Tories.

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    Johnthebap

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Less than four years for armed robbery and he'll be out in less than two great deterrent

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    gabi

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  • Any robbery involving a knife should result in a 10 year sentence, especially as criminals only serve half the given sentence if they behave themselves! (whereas I would double sentences for those who don't).

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    Johnthebap

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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