An Essex gang who "terrified" their victims in a string of robberies have been jailed for total of more than 14 years.
The three men who committed four robberies over an eight-day period have been jailed for more than 14 years at the Old Bailey.
The three men - who were sentenced on July 15 - robbed small off-licences in the Romford and Ilford areas, using weapons such as knives, imitation firearms and noxious substances.
Cristi-Valentin Tabacaru, 19, of Bentry Road, Dagenham pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to possess an imitation firearm with intent and was sentenced to four years and four months in a Young Offenders’ Institution.
Alexandru Nalbariu, 20, of Charlotte Gardens, Havering pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to possess an imitation firearm with intent and was sentenced to four years and four months in a Young Offenders’ Institution.
Razvan Nalbariu, 24, of Charlotte Garden, Havering pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery; conspiracy to possess an imitation firearm and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence with intent. He was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.
The offences took place between May 31 and June 7.
In each case the men had specific roles: Razyan Nalbariu carried the imitation firearm; Tabacaru stole the goods and used physical violence and Alesandru Nalbariu was the lookout, also using physical violence on occasion.
The offences took place late at night, between 9-11pm across east London.
In each robbery, the victim was subjected to a violent ordeal involving knives, imitation firearms and noxious substances. In at least one case the victim has been unable to return to work since the offence.
After the third robbery, a witness was able to provide police with a registration number for the gang’s car.
Police subsequently stopped the car on Tuesday, 14 June in Chelmsford.
All three occupants were arrested, and a number of items such as pepper spray were seized. DNA and CCTV evidence from the scenes of the robberies linked the men to the scenes of the crimes.
Detectives believe the gang stole approximately £5,000 worth of goods and cash during the course of the four robberies.