Camden man jailed for role in moped robbery gang
PUBLISHED: 13:44 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:44 28 December 2017
A Camden man has been jailed for over ten years for his part in moped burglaries across London.
Mominur Rahman, 22 of Maitland Park Road, Camden, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary. He was sentenced to 12 years and 6 months in jail.
The sentence was one of ten that altogether totalled over 110 years. The ten men were active between May 1 2016 and November 26 2016.
One man, Courtney White, 23, of Higham Road in West Green was found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary, and was jailed for 18 years, the longest sentence for any of the men.
The cost of the phones, and damage to properties affected is estimated to be around £1million.
Rahman was found guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday November 23.
The court heard how the men would arrive on mopeds wearing crash helmets and dark clothing before smashing their way into the stores armed with a variety of weapons and ransack the stock room.
Tools such as hammers, knives, portable angle grinders and a battering ram were used to gain access to the shops. During one robbery, a witness was threatened with a firearm.
The phones and tablets were fitted with GPS trackers which were activated when they were moved from the storeroom shelf. This allowed officers to identify where the phones and tablets were at any given time.
Officers tracked the route that one of the phones had taken and identified two suspects at a minicab office.
A crash helmet was also identified as containing the DNA of one of the defendants.
On October 14 2016, the gang targeted a phone shop in Walthamstow. A member of the public called the police and officers followed the suspects on their mopeds with police cars and a helicopter.
During this pursuit, one of the suspects discarded a mobile phone which contained correspondence about the attacks, including text messages about weapons they planned to use.
Six further suspects have been charged in relation to the burglaries and handling stolen goods and will face trial in March 2018.
Investigating Officer, Detective Sergeant Danny Watts said: “We are very pleased with the totality of the sentences. This sends a clear message to criminals engaged in crimes using mopeds.”