Three youths who went on a crime spree armed with knives while dressed in halloween costumes and motorbike helmets in areas including Wellingborough Rushden and Irthlingborough – have been given 27 years in prison
Kieran Hatch Thomas Folland and a 17-year-old boy who can’t be named because of his age threatened staff into handing over cash and alcohol at six different shops across the county.
The trio were caught after a shopkeeper activated the alarm during the attack and police arrived.
They attempted to flee in a white transit van that had been used in each of the robberies, but were pursued by officers and forced to pull over. The 17-year-old tried to escape but was caught by police dogs.
Detective Lee Norton, who led the investigation, said: “Over a period of just one week, these three committed six offences. Their brazen attacks left people not only financially worse off, but also traumatised by the incidents.
“Hopefully, these prison terms will help them understand the gravity of their crimes.”