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Three men convicted following smash and grab

News   •   Jul 25, 2019 15:16 BST

[Images of the three defendants]

Three men who were part of a group that carried out a smash and grab raid at a central London jewellers have been convicted.

Darrius Ingram, 25 (22.09.93), of Oxford Gardens, W10 and Niah George, 25 (04.05.94), of no fixed abode, appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday, 24 July where they were found guilty of conspiracy to burgle.

A third man, Jake Maunders, 28 (06.12.90) of Telford Road, W10 pleaded guilty to the same offence at the same court at an earlier hearing on Monday, 20 May.

All three will be sentenced at the same court on Monday, 29 July.

The court heard that police were called following a smash and grab burglary at a jewellers in Bayswater in the early hours of 3 October 2018.

Officers from the Met’s Central West Area CID launched an investigation, focusing on a Jeep Cherokee that was purchased at around 20:00hrs on 2 October 2018 from the St Albans area.

The car was then driven into central London, while others in the group travelled to the scene on mopeds.

At around 03:25hrs, the jeep reversed into the front of the jewellers, allowing the group to gain entry and steal jewellery worth approximately £20,000. They then left the scene on mopeds.

After an intelligence-led operation to locate the suspects concerned, Ingram was arrested at his home address on Wednesday, 16 January.

George was arrested the next day on Askew Road, W10 after being stopped by officers in the street, while Maunders was arrested at Gatwick Airport on Thursday, 24 January after returning from holiday in Egypt.

All three were charged on the day of their arrest.

Detective Constable Victor Barkes, of the Central West Area Crime Squad, said: “These three men carried out a dangerous burglary and must now face the consequences of their actions.

“We are determined to get criminals who use scooters to commit crime off the streets of London and hope this result serves as a deterrent to others intent on this kind of behaviour.”