A gang of teenagers who held up a garage in Houghton on the Hill with a replica firearm have been jailed.
The youths, aged 16 to 18, pleaded guilty to five charges of conspiracy to rob and five charges of possessing an imitation firearm following a spree across Leicester over one weekend last October.
Three of the youths, now aged 17, 17 and 18, have been sentenced to seven years each and the fourth youth, now aged 16, has been sentenced to six years.
Sentencing of the teenagers - who were aged 15 to 17 when the robberies were carried out - took place at Leicester Crown Court on Friday.
The four young men cannot be named for legal reasons.
The robbery at Houghton on the Hill happened on Sunday, October 14, when two people entered a petrol station on Uppingham Road and threatened a member of staff with what was described as a handgun before getting away with cash.
Robberies had earlier taken place on Friday, October 12 at premises in Uppingham Road.
There were a futher three rais the following day - at premises in Humberstone Lane, Thurmaston, Saffron Lane in Leicester and Cardinals Walk in Leicester.
During three of the incidents, shots were fired from a handgun.
There were no serious injuries but one shop worker received a minor injury to their arm.
The four defendants were caught shortly after the raid at Houghton following a car chase.
A revolver, clothing and a plastic bag used during the robberies were recovered from the vehicle.
Det Insp John Farndon, from Leicestershire Police’s Serious Crime Team, said: “These are young men who will now face many years in prison for their stupidity, they had no regard for the affect these incidents would have on the victims or their own families.
“In the space of a weekend they committed five robberies across Leicester, extensive enquiries were carried out into the incidents and due to swift actions of the officers who attended the incident in Houghton on the Hill the defendants were caught fairly quickly.”