Four men have been sentenced to nearly 19 years in prison for their part in an attempted armed robbery in Uppingham.
Ricky Fry, 26, of Hill Street, Rugby; Jadiel Williams, 26, of Duddeston Manor Road, Birmingham; Eric Scott, 19, of no fixed abode; and Daniel Large, 25, of Hurlingham Road, Market Harborough pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon at an earlier hearing and were sentenced at Leicester Crown Court today (Thursday).
Fry was given four years and eight months imprisonment, Large was given four years and eight months imprisonment, Williams was given five years and three months imprisonment and Scott was given five years and three months in imprisonment.
The court heard that on Saturday, April 19, the defendants entered Rutland Antique Centre in Crown Passage, Uppingham and threatened the staff with axes.
There were also a number of customers in the shop at the time including children. Nothing was stolen during the incident and following enquiries locally and with neighbouring forces the defendants were arrested in Warwickshire later on the same day.
Det Sgt 1683 Dave Speight of the serious crime team said: “This was a frightening incident for all the staff and customers, the owners of the shop had no regard for their own safety and tackled the defendants, one of the owners of the shop managed to spray the defendants with red paint to stop them from stealing items from the shop and harming others.
“They showed immense bravery during the incident and witnesses were able to provide detailed information for the suspects and the vehicles they used to get away which resulted in four arrests within hours of the incident taking place.
“This conviction is a testament to the excellent police response to the initial incident and subsequent investigation. We are pleased that all four defendants have pleaded guilty to their part in the incident.”