Two men who attempted to rob a Farmfoods store in Northamptonshire have been sentenced to a combined total of 10 years in jail.
James Carrington, aged 49, and Connor Gillespie, aged 24, threatened a member of staff with a knife during the attempted robbery at the frozen food store in Corby on July 6 this year.
Northampton Crown Court heard the pair were seen on CCTV pulling their hoods up and approaching the Farmfoods store in Oasis Retail Park at 8pm.
A member of staff who was pushing a trolley out of the store then had a knife pressed against her stomach and she was told to go into the store and empty the till.
Rachel Law, prosecuting, said the member of staff, who had only worked there two weeks, was extremely frightened and struggled to remember the code to open the till.
Ms Law said that two security guards managed to disrupt the attempted robbery and apprehended Carrington until the police arrived.
William Falshaw, mitigating for both men, said they had both tried to commit the crime to pay a debt they owed to a drug dealer.
The court heard that both men, who pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, had lengthy criminal records.
Carrington had 18 convictions for 49 offences while Gillespie had 19 convictions for 31 offences.
His Honour Judge Timothy Smith sentenced Carrington, of Liverpool, to six years in prison, with an extended three years licence period. He is likely to serve four years in prison.
Gillespie, of Corby, was sentenced to four years in prison. He is likely to serve two years in custody.