Sheffield armed robbers behind bars

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Two armed robbers have been jailed for a total of eight-and-a-half years for holding up an off-licence in Sheffield.

Aafi Mohamed, who was armed with an air rifle, and accomplice Mustafa Suleiman, raided Bargain Beers on West Street.

The pair, who were wearing balaclavas, threatened a terrified shopkeeper and demanded money from his till before escaping with several hundred pounds.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Suleiman jumped over the counter, shouting demands for money, while Mohamed pointed the rifle at the member of staff.

The shopkeeper opened one till and Suleiman stuffed bank notes and coins from it into a plastic bag.

The worker then opened the other till, but refused to meet the robbers’ demands to take money from it.

Eventually, Sulieman grabbed the cash and put it into the bag before jumping back over the counter and running off with Mohamed at around 5.40am on November 8 last year.

Both men pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm - the weapon was not in working order - at a hearing in January.

Now Suleiman, aged 20, of Netherthorpe, Sheffield, has been sentenced to four years behind bars while Mohamed, 19, from Moss Side, Manchester, was jailed for four-and-a-half.

They were tracked down after a city centre worker found an air rife and clothing hidden behind a shed and a car park close to their place of work.

Forensic analysis of the items linked them to the offenders.

Mohamed and Suleiman initially denied the offences but then owned up.

Det Con Anna Sedgwick, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “Members of the public should be able to go to work without fear of violence.

“The robbery team works relentlessly to bring offenders to justice. These lengthy custodial sentences should act as a deterrent for those considering committing similar offences.”