Two men from Rushden and Finedon have been sentenced to 14 years in prison after carrying out six armed robberies on terrified teenagers in the space of an hour.
Aaron Adamson, 22, of Mackworth Green, Finedon, was sentenced to six years and eight months and Stephen May, also 22, of Crabb Street, Rushden, was sentenced to seven years and four months after both men pleaded guilty to numerous offences.
They were sentenced at Northampton Crown Court, on Friday, December 4.
Adamson and May targeted six teenagers aged between 15 and 18 and a 21-year-old man, between 9.30pm and 10.30pm on Tuesday, August 4 this year.
They drove around Blackthorn, Northampton, in a blue Rover, targeting their victims at random.
During the robberies, they approached the victims and threatened them with guns, stealing the victims’ mobiles phones and money.
As well as threatening the victims, violence was also used towards them with one person requiring stiches to his ear as a result of being hit with a gun.
Two other people were punched and a further victim was also hit in the face with a gun.
During the investigation officers located the vehicle used by the offenders, which made off from officers.
When the vehicle eventually came to a stop, Adamson was located in the passenger seat and May ran a short distance before being apprehended by a police dog.
Adamson pleaded guilty to six counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery, for which he was sentenced to five years and four months for each count to be served concurrently.
He was also sentenced to eight months to be served concurrently for possession of a bladed weapon in a public place and 16 months concurrent for two counts of possessing an imitation firearm, to be served consecutively to his robbery offences.
May pleaded guilty to six counts of robbery and one of attempted robbery, for which he was sentenced to five years and four months on each count, to be served concurrently.
He was also sentenced to 16 months each concurrently for two counts of possession of an imitation firearm, to be served consecutively to his robbery offences.
May was sentenced to eight months in prison to be served consecutively for dangerous driving and disqualified from driving for a period of six years and seven months.
Detective Sergeant Keith Morson, who led the investigation, said: ”This series of robberies were committed within a very short space of time, with the offenders randomly selecting young victims.
“Not only did they threaten the victims with an imitation firearm, but they also used violence against them to rob them.
“These were no doubt extremely frightening and traumatic incidents for all of the victims.
“We took swift action in identifying the offenders and arrested them within a very short space of time, ensuring sufficient evidence was secured, enabling a successful prosecution for these horrendous but rare offences.
“The substantial sentences reflect the seriousness of the offences and hopefully will enable the victims to bring closure to the matter.”