Two men have been jailed following a number of knife point robberies carried out on mopeds in central London.
Bradley White, 29 (16.02.90) of no fixed address, was charged with the following offences:
Attempted robbery [one count]
Three counts of robbery
Theft of a moped
Theft of a number plate
At Blackfriars Crown Court on Wednesday, 29 May, Bradley White pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment, with an additional three years to serve on licence.
Claudio Narciso, 29 (30.12.1989) of Georges Road, N7 was charged with handling stolen goods.
At Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday, 3 May, he [Narciso] entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to a 12 month community order, to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, and was fined £1000.
White and Narciso were arrested as the result of an intelligence-led, proactive investigation carried out by the Met’s Flying Squad.
In each of the offences White targeted individuals wearing high value watches. Two of the victims were aged 78 and 73. He used a stolen moped with a stolen number plate to carry out each of the offences.
Officers used a number of covert and overt tactics to identify and track the two suspects, eventually arresting them following a robbery at a premises in George Street, W1 on Tuesday, 5 March 2019.
Detectives discovered three other robberies had taken place at the following locations within a half hour period on that same day:
Sloane Street, SW1
Brook Street, W1
Chiltern Street, W1
During the robbery in Brook Street, White approached a man standing in the doorway of an address from behind.
White was dressed in a high-vis jacket, with a motorcycle helmet on covering his face. He held a large knife up to the victim’s throat then stomach and demanded his watch.
The victim handed over his watch and White fled just as another member of the public approached the doorway.
Following his arrest, offices recovered the stolen moped used to commit the offences as well as three high value watches - two of which were later linked to previous robberies.
Officers identified White as the main perpetrator of each offence. Narciso was found in possession of the stolen items in the hours after each incident.
Detective Constable Shona Wilkinson, from the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “I am satisfied with the sentences handed to these two offenders. White, who was out on licence for a smash and grab robbery at the time of these offences, carried out a number of robberies in broad daylight, targeting individuals merely walking down the street.
“He brandished a terrifying weapon, leaving victims fearing for their lives. His actions were audacious and reckless, and I am pleased he is now no longer able to blight communities and innocent members of the public with his actions.
“White attempted to conceal his identity and his mode of transport throughout his offending, but thanks to the dedication and skill of Flying Squad officers, we were able to track him down and bring him to justice for these awful offences. Hiding your face and using fake number plates will not protect you from police. We will continue to pursue those intent on committing such crimes and bring them to justice.”
+ One count of attempted robbery will lie on file for White.