Gun-toting robbers who brought terror to Yorkshire streets stopped in dramatic arrest

Two violent robbers in Doncaster have been put behind bars after a spree which saw a number of crimes committed in Doncaster.

Connor Delmar, 21, of Aldesworth Road in Cantley and Reegan Vickers, 20, of no fixed abode, were both arrested on November 28, 2023 after a string of robberies. In one, the pair pointed a gun at a mans head before attacking and dragging him out of his home as they attempted to extort money from him before they stole his possessions.

The pair made off with gold necklace and attempted to take another before they fled when police arrived. The men, who were wearing balaclavas, went on to steal a man's Vauxhall Corsa in Denaby Main.

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During the theft, the victim was left terrified while the key was removed from the ignition and a gun was pointed at him. Delmar and Vickers then fled in the car.

Reegan Vickers
Reegan Vickers -Credit:South Yorkshire Police

However, Automatic Number Plate Recognition work soon picked up the car and officers managed to bring it to a stop on the A18 near to Doncaster Racecourse. The car was surrounded and Delmar was arrested, with an 18-inch machete and black handgun in the footwell of the passenger seat.

Vickers had been dropped off as they fled but soon turned himself in to a police station in Doncaster.

The pair appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on May 21 for sentencing after pleading guilty to three counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery, possession of a knife or blade and possession of a firearm.

Delmar was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison. Vickers was given the same sentence, which will be served in a Young Offenders' Institution.

Connor Delmar
Connor Delmar -Credit:South Yorkshire Police

Detective Sergeant Phil Muggeridge, from Doncaster CID, said: "Delmar and Vickers' horrific crime spree saw them wield dangerous and lethal weapons and leave a wave of terror in their wake.

"They robbed a man of a lighter, cash and his gas card before targeting the victim's mother and trying to steal her necklace.

"Delmar and Vickers then robbed a man's car in a desperate bid to flee the scene but they were quickly apprehended by our alerted firearms officers.

"Incidents of this nature are incredibly alarming and even though the firearm wasn't used by Delmar or Vickers, the threat to use it was clearly there.

"The use and illegal possession of these weapons is something we won't tolerate here in South Yorkshire and we remain committed to targeting individuals linked to firearms offences.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Doncaster is a safer place now that Delmar and Vickers are behind bars, and I hope this sentence allows the victims of their awful crimes to move on with their lives after what must have been an incredibly frightening experience."

Delmar and Vickers were also charged with kidnap, robbery and four counts of possession of a firearm. They denied these but the counts will remain on file

An order has also been made for the destruction of the weapons seized from Delmar and Vickers.