A teenager has been jailed for his role in a gang’s three-day robbery spree which took place across two counties and involved victims being threatened with a Stanley knife.
George Green, 19, of Coventon Road in Aylesbury, was one of four criminals convicted of the spree which took place in January.
The three men in the gang persuaded a ‘vulnerable’ woman to commit the crimes on their behalf.
The spree began with the robbery of the One Stop Shop in Somerville Way, Aylesbury, at 10.10pm on January 5.
This was followed half-an-hour later by an attempted robbery of a Sainsbury’s Local in Oakfield Roa, Aylesbury at 10.40pm on 5 January, before the gang moved to Maidenhead and Wycombe.
Green pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and two breaches of a suspended sentence order. He was sentenced to 36 months detention in a young offenders’ institution.
Rachel Ashby, 21, of Partridge Way, High Wycombe, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a Class B controlled drug and was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for two years.
Kyle Docherty, 20, of Wye Road, Wooburn Green, High Wycombe, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to 38 months detention in a young offenders’ institution.
Tahir Tetlay, 26, of Walton Drive, High Wycombe, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and was jailed for 34 months.
Sgt David Whiteaker said: “Docherty, Green and Tetlay took advantage of a vulnerable young woman to draw her into committing a series of nasty robberies that have had a lasting effect upon a number of victims; and this has been reflected in their sentencing.
“Ashby threatened shop staff and a taxi driver with a Stanley knife whilst demanding money.
“She stole money from Corals in Maidenhead and from the taxi driver.
“Had it not been for the hard work of a number of departments in Thames Valley Police these robberies would doubtless have continued to happen.
“These convictions will hopefully act as a deterrent to those who may feel that they can avoid prosecution by having others commit offences on their behalf.”
The other offences were:
> Robbery of a business premises; Corals in St Mark’s Crescent in Maidenhead at 8.20pm on 6 January.
> Attempted robbery of a business premises; Corals in Mill End Road, High Wycombe, at 8.24pm on 6 January.
> Robbery of a taxi driver in Barleyfields, Wooburn Green, High Wycombe, at 11.40pm on 6 January.
> Attempted robbery of a business premises; Ladbrokes, Marlow Road, High Wycombe, at 9.20pm on 7 January.