A gang of suspects accused of a terrifying spate of armed robberies across Doncaster and north Nottinghamshire have appeared in the dock together for the first time.
One of the raids forced a Doncaster jeweller to shut up shop and say he could no longer put himself and his staff in danger.
Detectives have spent months trawling mobile phone records and making enquiries which linked offences at seven different premises this summer.
Ten people have appeared before Doncaster magistrates in connection with the robberies of jewellers, credit unions, corner shop, a bookmaker and a post office.
The defendants are accused of playing parts in the robbery or attempted robbery of seven premises, for cash, jewellery and cigarettes, in July and August.
All 10 defendants were told they are to be sent to Sheffield Crown Court on December 23 for a preliminary hearing. No pleas have been entered.
Hannah Marie Anna-Binte Betteridge, aged 18, of Sheppard Road, Balby; Teri Relton, 25, of New Beginnings, High Road, Balby; Frederick John Teale, 47, of Galsworthy Close, Balby; and Daniel Milward, 29, of Smith Square, Balby, were granted conditional bail.
Robert Hamilton, 32; Ayrton Bint, 27; Shane Fletcher, 29; Larry Gaskin, 18; Daniel Rylance, 30; and Robert Swain, 25, were all remanded in custody.
The spate of robberies began on July 16, when £8,360 in cash was stolen from Goldthorpe Credit Union.
Then on July 21, a quantity of cigarettes was taken from the One Stop shop on King Edward Road in Balby.
The next day, cash to the value of £3,935 was robbed from Doncaster Credit Union in Waterdale.
Ladbrokes on Queen Mary’s Crescent, Rossington, was next to be targeted, with cash worth £526 taken on July 25.
Then on July 29, some £11,727.99 worth of cash and jewellery was taken from the Antiques and Bargain Store, Market Place, Doncaster.
Two further attempted robberies occurred on August 8 – one at N & A Jewellers, Great North Road, Woodlands, and a second at Prospect Place post office, Worksop.
After the attempted robbery at N&A Jewellers, owner Adam Croft said he had had enough because he feared for his safety. He said: “I am no longer prepared to put my life and those of my staff in danger. I’m packing it in and looking for a job in a factory or warehouse, where it’s safer. I just can’t face it any more, it’s just not safe.”
Betteridge and Relton are charged with the robbery at One Stop.
Teale is charged with robbery at the Antique and Bargain Store and at Goldthorpe Credit Union.
Milward is charged with robbery at the Antique and Bargain Store.
Hamilton is charged with robbery at Ladbrokes and Antique and Bargain Stores and attempted robbery at N & A Jewellers and Prospect Place post office.
Bint is charged with robbery at One Stop and attempted robbery at N & A Jewellers and Prospect Place post office.
Fletcher is charged with robbery at One Stop Shop and attempted robbery at Prospect Place post office.
Gaskin is charged with attempted robbery at N & A Jewellers and Prospect Place post office.
Rylance is charged with robbery at Doncaster Credit Union and at Ladbrokes in Rossington.
Swain is charged with robbery at the Antique and Bargains Store, Goldthorpe Credit Union and Doncaster Credit Union.