Normally taxi drivers only have to worry about the occasional drunk passenger and the odd fare dodger, but for those who were unfortunate to pick up 36-year-olds Fizan Syed and Aalia Chaudhary, of Minister Way, Langley they had to deal with a whole lot more.
Fizan Syed and Aalia Chaudhary would ask to be driven to Langley, Berkshire, where Chaudhary lived, but on arrival Syed, who always sat behind the driver, would reach around to place a knife to their neck.
Fizan and Aalia would then rob the taxi driver taking money, wallets and other valuables before running off and carried out four such robberies over the 18 months between November 2015 to May 2017.
Detective Constable Edward Elms said: “Chaudhary and Syed targeted taxi drivers in the late evening, lulled them into a false sense of security and then robbed them at knifepoint.
“These were despicable acts on people carrying out a service to the public and I am satisfied that they have both been given a significant sentence.
“Thames Valley Police will strive to work to bring offenders to justice in this way, especially for offences such as this which cause a lot of concern and impact to the public.
“I want to thank the victims and witnesses who assisted with these investigations and hope this case will encourage others with any information relating to criminality, or witnessing crimes, to come forward so that we can work together to reduce crime and bring offenders to justice.”
Syed and Chaudhary both received nine years in prison at Reading Crown Court after being found guilty by a unanimous jury after the conclusion of their trial on January 11.
Two of the drivers sustained cuts to their faces during the robberies but have since recovered.