Following a Warwickshire Police investigation, three men have been sentenced for a robbery in Stratford last year.
Rico Douglas, aged 21 of Wellesley Gardens, Moseley, Jamiah Clarke aged 20 of Gorleston Road, Kings Heath, and Rashaan Davis, aged 21 of Mary Vale Road, Bournville, all appeared at Warwick Crown Court on Monday (24 May).
At around 4.35pm on 19 April 2020, officers were called to a report of a robbery in Bishopton, Stratford where three males had stolen an off-road Yamaha motorcycle from a man in his 20s. The suspects were described as wearing surgical masks, and some were carrying machetes.
There were no reported injuries.
The suspects were identified following CCTV enquiries and were arrested in the days following the offence. It's understood the motivation for the robbery was money, as it is a specialised bike.
All three pleaded guilty to the offence, and on Monday, they were sentenced to:
•Rico Douglas – six years
•Jamiah Clarke – five years
•Rashaan Davis – four years
Following the sentencing, investigating officer Det Sgt Jen Baker from Leamington CID said:
“This was a serious offence involving threats of violence by masked men wielding machetes. It took place at the start of the first lockdown when anxiety levels amongst the public were already high.
"While others were staying at home keeping each other safe, these three planned and carried out a terrifying robbery with no regard for their victim or the wider public. Thankfully, the victim was not injured but the incident left him understandably shaken.
“I’d like to thank the investigating team for their dedication on this case, which has led to these three offenders being brought to justice for their actions on that day.”