A man who was part of a group who broke into a property in Tottenham armed with knives and threatened the occupants has been found guilty of aggravated burglary.
Wood Green Crown Court heard how on 18 May 2018, the victim was on his way home from work when Diego Correa, 25, of Devon Close, London N17 approached him as part of a group of four or five males.
A large knife was produced and held to the victim, 47, who in fear for his safety handed over items of personal property.
Correa and the group then frogmarched the victim to his home address. The group including Correa all forced their way into the property armed with knives. The victim’s partner and daughter were at the address and were dragged terrified out of their respective rooms and forced into the kitchen area where they were told not to move.
The group then demanded to know the location of the victim’s valuable property. They eventually made off with a number of items of property including watches and jewellery valued at £6,000. They later returned the same night and stole the victim’s vehicle, which was subsequently recovered by the police in the Tottenham area.
Correa was identified as one of the suspects and arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary on 24 May 2018. He was charged with Aggravated Burglary and possession of a pointed/bladed article the following day.
The other members of the group remain outstanding and are still being sought by the police.
Correa was convicted on Monday, 10 December and will be sentenced on 21 January 2019.
DS Buckley and his team from Haringey CID led the investigation. He said: “What began as a robbery turned into a horrendous ordeal for the victim and his family who were threatened with knives by a menacing group of thugs in their own home. Correa has been put through the courts but we need to find the others before they can carry out anything like this again.
Anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to call Haringey CID on 02032763156 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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