TWO Barnsley thieves who pleaded guilty to armed robbery charges have been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison.

 

Scott Bell, 26, and Steven Gillis, 42, both from Barnsley, pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the robbery of a Premier Store in Sheffield last September.

 

Shortly before 4pm on September 10, 2019, they entered the shop on Burncross Road and threatened the owner with screwdrivers before leaving with cash from the till, two charity boxes, more than 100 packs of cigarettes and the victim’s wallet.

 

They fled the scene in a white transit van when disturbed by a delivery driver.

 

Detectives identified the van, and the offenders’ clothing, in CCTV footage before the vehicle was found in Skegness the next day after failing to stop for officers.

 

During a search of the vehicle, cash stolen from the robbery linked them back to the incident.

 

The pair appeared at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (September 1) and pleaded guilty to robbery and handling stolen goods, with Bell also pleading guilty to burglary.

 

Bell was sentenced to six years and six months in prison, and Gillis was sentenced to five years and three months.