Detectives have praised the courage of members of the public after three men who carried out robberies at a Co-op stores in Annesley Woodhouse were jailed this week.
Matthew Johnson (28), of Wiverton Road, Forest Fields, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison while Ashley Osbourne (27), of Broxtowe Lane, Nottingham and Declan Reynolds-Lee (19), of Brownlow Drive, Rise Park, Nottingham, were each sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.
Johnson and Reynolds-Lee were also sentenced for a robbery at a Co-op in Watnall Road, Hucknall on 10 February 2014, where cigarettes were stolen.
All three men were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday 13 August 2014.
On 15th February the pair were joined by Ashley Osbourne for a robbery at the Co-op in Skegby Road, Annesley Woodhouse.
Again they stole cigarettes but were challenged by members of the public who scuffled with the men before they made their escape.
These witnesses proved vital in providing evidence which brought the trio to justice.
The ensuing investigation was led by Detective Constable Louise Foster and involved multiple departments within the police and partner agencies.
All three defendants initially denied their involvement but, faced with the evidence against them, pleaded guilty at court.
DC Foster praised the courageous efforts of two members of the public.
She said: “I am very pleased with the sentences that have been given in this case.
“I would like to commend, in particular, the courageous efforts of two members of the public who, without fear for their own safety, intervened and attempted to thwart the robbery at Annesley.
“The investigation demonstrates just how closely Nottinghamshire Police and partner organisations will work together in order to bring offenders to justice.”