VIDEO: Police chase thief on moped after he snatches 21 mobile phones in an hour

PUBLISHED: 17:50 06 October 2016 | UPDATED: 18:23 06 October 2016

Jailed: Cavell Hutson, who snatched mobile phones from pedestrians as he sped past on a moped

Jailed: Cavell Hutson, who snatched mobile phones from pedestrians as he sped past on a moped


A prolific thief who snatched mobiles from Camden pedestrians as he sped past on a moped has been jailed for more than three years.

Cavell Hutson, 21, of Highbury New Park, was detained by police on September 3 after an hour-long crime spree through the city in which he stole 21 mobile phones.

He and an accomplice had torn through inner London on a moped, snatching devices from 10 pedestrians in a number of streets around Euston Station and Camden, as well as three in Islington, two in Hackney, five in Westminster and one in Tower Hamlets.

Officers from Operation Attrition, the task force that tackles this type of snatch theft, were called to track down the moped, which had been fixed with fake number plates.

A police helicopter followed the dramatic chase as the suspects sped dangerously through the streets. They abandoned their moped off Kingsland Road, Hackney, and then made off on foot in different directions.

Officers hunted down Hutson just a few streets away in Kingsland Passage and recovered the 21 stolen phones. They later managed to return all devices to their owners.

On Monday Hutson pleaded guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court to 21 snatch thefts of mobile phones, dangerous driving and breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO). He was sentenced to 32 months for the phone thefts and eight months for dangerous driving and will serve the sentences consecutively. He was slapped with a £700 fine for breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Heatley of Operation Attrition said: “This was an excellent result, which has seen a perpetrator of an audacious crime, which not only endangered members of the public but himself and his accomplice, receive a robust jail sentence.”

Police have urged all Camden residents not to text while walking, to make phone calls using handsfree and to activate all mobile phone security features.

The other suspect is still at large and officers have appealed for anyone with information to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 19:01

This year’s Remembrance Day will see a remarkable multi-faith ceremony bring together the Highgate community to remember the horrors of the First World War on the centenary of its conclusion.

Yesterday, 16:43

Christmas came early for activists in West Hampstead last night after Camden Council refused to grant christmas tree sellers Pines and Needles a licence to trade from Fortune Green.

Yesterday, 15:00

“Zero-hours” critical care nurses at the Royal Free Trust are facing a pay cut that could set them back thousands of pounds a year, the Ham&High can reveal.

Yesterday, 14:30

Ten Lib Dem councillors have called for the Royal Mail to ask customers their thoughts about the planned closure of the Muswell Hill delivery office.

Yesterday, 13:43

Transport for London is set to attempt to take its case to the Court of Appeal against the High Court’s decision to halt the CS11 cycle superhighway in September.

Yesterday, 13:00

“With Universal Credit on one hand and Brexit causing uncertainty over immigration on the other, we’ll probably have queues out of the door.” That’s the warning from Sean Canning, director of the Camden Community Law Centre, as it celebrates its 45th birthday.

Yesterday, 12:00

Sky Mobile has been accused of “social cleansing in an advert” after the Chalcots Estate, which was evacuated due to flammable cladding last year, was airbrushed out of a new advert for the Apple IPhone Xs.


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now