A thief who had been described by a clerk as "very polite" during one of a series of robberies sparked by a drug addiction has been given what he wanted: a federal prison sentence.

Andrew Carter, 28, was on Monday given a sentence of five years and 116 days — more than enough time to send him to a federal penitentiary where he can be treated for his addiction to morphine.

Carter turned himself into police this spring and in court later confessed to five armed robberies, as well as other charges, including attempted robbery.

Carter's robberies occurred at the Sears store at the Avalon Mall, as well as convenience stores and gas bars.

Carter became known for apologizing to staff as he robbed them.