Three men have been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison after two attempted robberies in Birstall and Ratby.
Jermaine Jesse Johnson (25) of Montreal Road, Leicester, Rizwan Ramzan (20) of Welford Road, Leicester and Hamza Pandor (18) of Bakewell Road, Loughborough pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted robbery at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday August 6.
They were all sentenced on Friday August 30. Johnson was sentenced to four years, Ramzan and Pandor were each sentenced to three years and four months.
The first incident happened at around 12.20pm on Thursday, May 9, 2013 on Loughborough Road, Birstall to a report of an attempted robbery at the Santander bank.
The defendants entered the building with hammers and knives threatening those inside. The quick thinking staff activated the emergency cashier screen leaving the men to flee empty handed. They were spotted by a member of the public getting into a vehicle nearby and he managed to get part of the registration number before they sped off.
Just 30 minutes later, at 12.50pm, police received a call about another attempted robbery at the Post Office in Main Street, Ratby.
The men entered the premises with hammers and knives but were again unsuccessful in stealing any cash and made off empty handed. The postmaster and a customer gave chase and managed to take down the registration number of the vehicle before it drove off ramming another vehicle in its path.
Observations were put out to all officers in the area and a police car picked up the vehicle on the A46 travelling onto Anstey Lane. The vehicle failed to stop for police and was pursued before it was abandoned on Somerset Drive. Johnson and Pandor ran off while Ramzan was arrested in the vehicle.
Pandor was witnessed dumping a bag with the weapons in and was arrested by police nearby after he was detained by a member of the public who he had asked for help. Johnson was arrested a short time later by officers in the local area.
Detective Constable Rob Buckley, the investigating officer, said: “A large amount of credit must go to those members of the public who helped us in response to these incidents. If it wasn’t for their quick thinking and bravery in helping us apprehend these men we may well have not arrested them so quickly.
“They acted with violence and disregard for the staff and customers involved including other motorists when they reached speeds of 70mph in residential area when failing to stop for police. This is a great result and I think it shows that the fact that they pleaded guilty is a reflection of the weight of evidence against them.”