A gang has been sentenced to a total of more than 17 years’ imprisonment for a robbery at a bank in Oxford.
Tyron Smith, 27, of London Road, Oxford, Ben Matthews, 30, of Valentia Road, Oxford, and a 17-year-old boy from Oxford, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday.
The gang raided Lloyds Bank in London Road, at around 10.30am on January 23 last year.
Dressed in boiler suits and balaclavas, Matthews and the 17-year-old entered the bank.
Matthews was carrying a handgun, which was later discovered to be an imitation firearm.
The pair threatened staff and made off with cash before fleeing the scene in a white vehicle parked in Osler Road.
The vehicle was then driven away by Smith.
On his arrest on February 11 last year, Smith was found in possession of a substantial amount of class A drugs with an estimated street value of around £10,000. He was charged the following day.
The 17-year-old was arrested the same day and charged the following day.
Matthews was arrested on April 4 and charged the following day.
Smith pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and two counts of possession with intent to deal class A drugs. He was sentenced to a total of seven years and six months’ imprisonment.
The 17-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in a youth detention centre.
Matthews also pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and was handed a six years and nine months’ sentence.
Investigating officer Det Con George Atkinson of Force CID based in Oxford, said: “This was a terrifying incident for the staff at Lloyds Bank who were going about their normal tasks on the morning of Saturday 23 January 2016 when the defendants carried out the robbery.”