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Man jailed following investigation into knifepoint robberies

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Man jailed following investigation into knifepoint robberies

A man has been jailed as a result of a Met investigation into knifepoint robberies in Westminster.

Junior Pelius Britto, 27, (20/09/1994) of Kilburn was jailed for eight years at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, 27 May, having been found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Officers from the Met’s Operation Venice investigated a series of robberies which occurred in the St John’s Wood area between March and July 2019. In each of the robberies, a stolen Audi S3 was used to identify and follow potential victims, in particular those wearing high-value watches. Property was stolen from the victims, with a large hunting knife used to threaten them and on occasions an imitation firearm.

Britto was identified as a suspect for eight of the robberies as a result of DNA recovered from the sheath of a hunting knife that had been dropped and left at the scene of a robbery. He was arrested at Gatwick Airport in August 2019 and charged as above.

Driving down violent crime in London is the top priority for all in the Met. Our plans are strong and officers are using a range of tactics from prevention and diversion activities to enforcement.

Current financial year data shows positive reductions across serious violent crime categories, including a 39% reduction in robbery offences compared to 2019/20 figures.

We are confident that we will continue to make progress, working along with our partners to prevent and tackle violence and keep our communities safe.