Seven men who robbed or attempted to rob businesses in South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire have been jailed for their role in the ‘fearsome, terrifying’ offences.
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Daniel Rylance, aged 30, of Rossington, Doncaster was sentenced to seven years, seven months for robbery at a bookmakers and South Yorkshire Credit Union in Doncaster by recorder Timothy Kerr QC at Sheffield Crown Court.
Rylance robbed Ladbrokes bookies in Queen Mary Road, Rossington, with Robert Hamilton, aged 33, of Shepperd Road, Balby.
The two entered the store at about 7pm on July 25 2013 wearing balaclavas and waving a knife.
They made off with about £500.
Hamilton was sentenced to six years, five months in jail.
He was also involved in the £54,000 armed robbery of Antique and Bargain jewellers and pawnbrokers in Market Place, Doncaster, with Daniel Millward, 29, of Smith Square, Balby, and Frederick Teale, 48, of Galsworthy Close, Balby.
Millward was injured during the heist and gave his details at the scene before being taken to hospital.
He was handed four years in prison.
Teale, the getaway driver, was given 12 months in jail.
Mr Kerr said: “Anyone who drives another from a robbery can expect to go to prison, whether they were part of the team of robbers or not.”
Robert Swaine, aged 26, of Kirk Sandall, was sentenced to a total of six-and-a-half years behind bars for robbing South Yorkshire Credit Union in Barnsley Road, Goldthorpe, with a taser stun gun, and Antique & Bargains, as well as driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and using counterfeit money.
His associate Angela Sanchez was handed a community order with 100 hours’ unpaid work for using fake currency at stores in Rotherham.
Teri Relton, 26, of Balby, was given 51 weeks in jail, suspended for two years, and 150 hours’ unpaid work, for her role in ‘staking out’ One Stop in King Edward Road, Balby, ahead of a robbery by three men wearing balaclavas on July 21, 2013.
Hannah Betteridge, aged 19, of Sheppard Road, Balby, was also given the same sentence for the same offence and a four-month curfew.
Shane Fletcher, aged 30, of St James Street, Hyde Park, Doncaster, and Aryton Bint, 28, of Shepperd Road, Balby, attempted to rob a Worksop post office.
They tried to smash toughened glass at the shop with a sledgehammer, but failed and were later identified from DNA.
Bint, who was also sentenced for blackmail was given five and a half years and Fletcher was handed five years, six months.
Mr Kerr added: “This was a very serious, fearsome and terrifying attempted robbery.”