Five men have been jailed for a total of almost 25 years for a knife-point robbery in north London.
Salman Osman, Adnaan Yusuf and Abdillahi Isse, all 18-years-old, will each serve four-and-a-half years for robbery and possessing knives.
A five-and-a-half year sentence for the same charges has been handed down to 21-year-old Akram Oumar and 19-year-old Amjad Oumar.
The gang were jailed for after bursting into a shop in Edgeware in 2017 and holding two shop assistants at knife point.
They demanded money from the till and stole £600 worth of cigarettes and alcohol.
As they left the store, one of the frightened shop assistants hit the panic button to notify police. Unbeknownst to the robbers, a member of public had seen them enter the store wearing masks and carrying weapons and had also called police.
They fled and turned down a residential road but a witness pointed officers in the right direction and the group were apprehended.
Detectives used witness reports and forensics to complete the investigation; items of clothing including masks, gloves and knives were all recovered and matched to each criminal via DNA matches.
All five were unanimously found guilty by a jury at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday, 27 June
Detective Constable James Robb said the sentences should serve as a warning to others.
“Despite the robbery taking place in 2017, the outcome in court demonstrates we will relentlessly pursue suspects who commit violent offences and ensure that they are put before the courts,” he said.
“There is no place in society for this behaviour and those who commit such offences should expect to pay the consequences for their terrifying and destructive actions.”