MASKED robbers held up a “terrified” Pizza Hut rider at gunpoint and stole his moped after ordering a delivery to a fake address.
Curtis Pass (22), of Meadow Street, Ferham, and Jordan Roberts (18), of Ellis Street, Brinsworth, wore masks made out of leggings and threatened delivery worker Adrian Wells with a fake gun.
Pass was jailed for five-and-a-half years and Roberts for two years and eight months at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday for the April 7 incident.
Ms Susan Evans, prosecuting, told the court that Roberts had brought a fake handgun to Pass’ address on Meadow Street to commit a robbery.
Pass ordered a pizza from Pizza Hut to 73 Meadow Street, an address which didn’t exist, and while waiting for his delivery, put the handgun in his waistband and made some balaclavas out of leggings for himself and Roberts.
When the delivery arrived in a car, Pass rang Pizza Hut and placed another order, asking if it would arrive on a moped, Ms Evans said.
Pass and Roberts, wearing balaclavas, confronted the rider making the second delivery, Mr Wells and demanded that he hand over the keys to his moped.
Ms Evans said Mr Wells did so and then saw the gun being passed from one defendant to another, before Pass and Roberts rode off on the moped.
The gun was later found in a nearby river while the bike was recovered from a grassy area near KFC in Canklow.
Mr Wells said in a statement read out to the court that he had changed jobs after the robbery because he no longer felt able to ride his delivery bike.
“It was the perfect job for me and my family and this has ruined that,” he said.
Pass and Roberts admitted robbery at earlier hearings at Sheffield Crown Court.
Both denied a further charge of possession of an imitation firearm and that charge was ordered to lie on file.
Mr Richard Thyne, mitigating for Pass, said his client was remorseful and was sorry that his actions had an impact on an innocent man who had been doing his job.
Mitigating, Mr James Gould said Roberts was highly suggestible and had a low IQ.
“This was a naive, suggestible 17-year-old who came under pressure to act in the way he did,” he said.
Sentencing the robbers, Judge David Dixon said: “The complainant, terrified by the firearm, which he had no reason to believe wasn’t a genuine weapon that could have killed him, left his keys and walked away.
“The victim has been targeted for his vulnerability — you organised for a lone person to arrive to deliver these pizzas when they were effectively unable to seek help.”
Addressing Roberts, Judge Dixon said he accepted that he had been subjected to “a degree of pressure” but not so much to lack any criminal responsibility.
“The reality is here that you went into the street with an imitation firearm on you and whatever difficulties you have, it’s an extremely serious offence for which immediate custody must follow,” he said.
“What you did here terrified this man.”
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