Nov 5 2012 By Jack Griffith
A GANG of armed robbers who held up a supermarket in Ealing with a gun have been jailed.
Four men - Abdi Rizak Mohammed Abdullah, of Hitherbroom Road, Hayes: Khalid Farah, of Old Oak Common Lane, Acton; Mursal Yahye, of Maple Road, Hayes; and Ahmed Sufi, of Belgrave Road, Walthamstow (pictured, clockwise from top left) - were arrested with an hour of the robbery, which happened at the Co-operative supermarket on Greenford Avenue, Hanwell, just before 10pm on February 23.
Two of the men entered the store, and one threatened staff with a silver revolver handgun, while the other told staff to empty the money from the till into a plastic bag.
Shop staff gave a good description of the robbers, and police viewed CCTV of the incident.
At 10.25pm, barely half an hour after the incident, officers noticed a white Audi driving out of Kennedy Road, just around the corner from the supermarket, and two of the four passengers matched the descriptions of the suspects.
Officers searched the car and recovered the handgun, and the men were arrested and later charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, and possession of an imitation firearm
Sufi admitted to the offences in August, and his three co-defendants changed their not guilty pleas just before their trial was due to start, in September.
Abdullah, 21, was jailed for five years. Sufi, 23, was sentenced to three years and six months for the offences, and Yahye, 23, was given three years. Farah, 21, was jailed for 30 months.
The men were sentenced on Friday last week (November 2) at Isleworth Crown Court.