A Birmingham machete robbery gang have been jailed for stealing a motorcycle during weeks of lockdown – while wearing surgical masks.
Rico Douglas and Rashaan Davis, both 21, and Jamiah Clarke, 20, threatened the victim before escaping on an off-road Yamaha in Bishopton, Stratford.
The Warwickshire robbery took place on April 21 last year, as the country was in its first lockdown.
The suspects, who wore surgical masks and with a few machetes, were identified following CCTV investigations and arrested.
Douglas of Wellesley Gardens in Moseley, Clarke of Gorleston Road, Kings Heath and Davis of Mary Vale Road, Bournville all appeared at Warwick Crown Court this week and pleaded guilty to robbery.
Douglas was sentenced to six years, Clarke received a five-year sentence while Davis received four years.
An image released by Warwickshire Police shows the three suspects on bikes.
The 20-year-old victim was not injured.
Investigating Officer Det Sgt Jen Baker of Leamington CID said: “This was a serious offense involving threats of violence by masked men wielding machetes.
“It took place at the start of the first lockout, when the level of public anxiety was already high.
“While others stayed at home to protect themselves, these three planned and executed a terrifying robbery without caring about their victim or the general public.
“Fortunately, the victim was not injured, but the incident naturally shook him.
“I would like to thank the investigative team for their dedication in this case, which led to these three offenders being brought to justice for their actions that day.”