Aalia Chaudhary and Fizan Syed were both jailed for robbing taxi drivers at knifepoint. Credit: Thames Valley Police
A man and woman who robbed taxi drivers at knifepoint have been jailed.
Fizan Syed and Aalia Chaudhary targeted four taxi drivers in Slough over an 18 month period between November 2015 and May 2017
The pair would order a taxi to Langley and then hold a knife to the driver's neck before stealing cash and valuables.
They were jailed at Reading Crown Court on Friday, January 25 after being convicted of four counts of robbery.
The court heard Syed would sit directly behind the drivers, while Chaudhary sat in the other rear passenger seat.
Chaudhary would speak to the drivers during the trips, but when they arrived at their destination Syed would place his arm around the neck of the driver and hold a knife to their throat.
Chaudhary would then search the taxi for money, wallets and other valuable items before they ran away.
Two of their victims sustained cuts to their faces during the robberies, but have since recovered.
After an extensive investigation, Thames Valley Police traced the pair to an address in Langley.
Chaudhary was arrested on Thursday, June 8 2017, with Syed being caught the following day.
They were charged on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
The pair denied the charges, but they were convicted by unanimous jury at the court in Reading, Berkshire on Friday, January 11.
Syed, 36, of no fixed abode, and Chaudhary, 36, of Minster Way, Langley, were both sentenced to nine years in jail.
"These were despicable acts on people carrying out a service to the public"
Investigating officer Edward Elms of the Slough Investigation Hub said: "Chaudhary and Syed targeted taxi drivers in the late evening and 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."