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Gang of moped-enabled robbers jailed

News   •   Dec 01, 2017 06:00 GMT

[Image: Sitey Mairuf]
Four teenagers who committed moped-enabled robberies have been collectively sentenced to more than 13 years' imprisonment.

Phones, wallets, handbags and laptops were stolen with threats of violence and on some occasions a knife was used. Six scooters were also stolen by the group with four of those taken from their owners by force.

All four were sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on Thursday, 30 November.

[A] A 15-year-old boy was sentenced to three and a half years

[B] A 16-year-old boy was sentenced to three and a half years, which is to be served in addition to a six year prison sentence that boy was already serving

[C] A 16-year-old boy was jailed for four years.

[D] A 19-year-old woman Sitey Mairuf, (12.09.98) of Colliers Water Lane, Thornton Heath was jailed for two and a half years.

The four teenagers were found guilty on 3 November of conspiracy to rob following a four week trial. The court heard how the robberies and attempted robberies took place between 2 December 2016 and 9 March 2017.

The gang were caught by detectives from the Met's South Area Venice Investigation Team.

Following a robbery on 9 March, officers were able to use CCTV to track the gang's route to Kendal Close, Lambeth where the stolen vehicles were parked.

One member of the gang, a 15-year-old boy [A] was arrested by officers as he got on one of the scooters. At his home address they recovered a mobile phone stolen during a robbery in Westminster and a pair of bolt croppers. He was arrested that day on suspicion of robbery and released on bail.

A warrant was issued for a 16-year-old boy [B] and a search of his bedroom uncovered an Oyster card from a robbery on 6 March. He was arrested on his return to the address. His phone was seized, which revealed pictures of his accomplices wearing masks and clothes described by victims in the crimes. There was also an image of a masked person in his bedroom holding a knife. His DNA was also discovered on a scooter recovered after a theft in January.

This evidence led to Mairuf [D], who was found to have an Oyster card in her bedroom from a robbery on 23 February.

Another accomplice, a 16-year-old boy [C] was found to have the same clothes as worn in robberies on 6 March and had sent text messages to the other 16-year-old boy [B] about the stolen scooters.

Detective Constable Adam Barry said: "Police are working hard to keep the public safe and make the streets hostile territory for criminals who steal scooters, mopeds or motorbikes and then use them to commit crimes.

"These offenders rely on the unwariness of the public to commit their crimes. Therefore it is so important that the public remain vigilant at all times to protect their personal property.

"If anyone sees any suspicious activity or has any information about who is committing these crimes, please call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency call 999."