Three crooks who went on armed robbery spree around Atherton and Leigh jailed
THREE armed robbers have been jailed for a combined total of more than 25 years for carrying a catalogue of terrifying raids.
Christopher Molyneux, aged 26, Stephen Grimshaw, aged 30, and Mark Wohler, aged 28, were jailed after admitting the robberies between January 21 and April 12 last year.
During the armed robberies two or three masked raiders brandished weapons, which included machetes, knives and hammers, raided businesses.
They threatened terrified staff who would hand over money and cigarettes.
The community was in fear of falling foul to the gang, who stole cars and motorbikes worth hundreds of thousands of pounds in burglaries.
One armed robbery took place at Co-op in Gadfield Grove, Atherton, on Monday, January 23, last year at 9.25pm.
Cash and a large amount of cigarettes were stolen.
Computers worth more than £2,900 were stolen from Choice Teachers, Derby Street, in Leigh, during a burglary, between 5pm on Thursday, January 26 and 7.30am on Friday 27 January 2012.
Harvey and Thompson Pawnbrokers in Bradshawgate, Leigh, was also targeted and jewellery worth more than £5,000 was stolen on Thursday, April 12 last year.
Molyneux, of no fixed address, was jailed for nine years. Wohler, of Bond Street, Leigh, was sentenced to eight years and four months imprisonment. And Grimshaw, of Walnut Grove, Leigh, received an eight year jail term.
They were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court.
Det Con Alison Wallwork, from Wigan Police, said: “These three men have been sentenced for their involvement in a series of robberies and burglaries and for anyone who was been subjected to this sort of violent and terrifying robbery, they will understand why it is so important men like this are locked up where they can cause no more harm.
“This result sends out a clear message that this type of crime will not be tolerated.
“We are committed to safeguarding people from violent, career criminals who do not hesitate to use violence to achieve their aims.”