PAUL Spratt, senior crown advocate from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: “This is an extremely dangerous gang who, over a 10 month campaign of terror, attacked small local retail stores in mainly residential areas.
“They would enter the store in the final minutes of closing time and use threats of verbal and physical violence in order to gain compliance from the staff on duty and gain access to the store safe.
“We must be thankful that no was seriously harmed during their spate of robberies.
“This was a complex prosecution which involved liaising with six different police forces in order to build a strong case against the gang members who had been arrested.
“Staffordshire Police conducted a very full investigation, and this enabled the investigation and Prosecution to be concluded so effectively
“I would like to take this opportunity of sending out a reassurance message to the local communities that the criminal justice agencies are all working together to target, disrupt and prosecute gangs such as this one in order to make the Midlands a safer place.”
The robberies saw a total of more than £32,000 plus £3,790 worth of euros or dollars stolen.
There was a total of 15 robberies that took place across the whole West Midlands.