Eight sentenced for Carphone Warehouse burglaries

22/03/2013

Eight people have been sentenced for their part in a series of raids on Carphone Warehouse branches across London.

Eight people have been sentenced for their part in a series of raids on Carphone Warehouse branches across London.

Between July 2012 and January 2013 the group took part in 35 burglaries which cost Carphone Warehouse over £200,000 in loss and damages.

Claire Holder, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: "In groups of three or more these males stormed into each store, using shock, fear and intimidation to steal mobile phones and tablet computers.

"Staff and customers at the stores, some of which were with their children, were left terrified as the males rushed the stores and grabbed whatever they could get.

"The scale of this conspiracy resulted in a large number of witnesses and many hours of CCTV footage. We worked closely with our police partners to build a strong case to put before the court which resulted in all eight defendants pleading guilty.

"People should be able to go about their work and their shopping without fear of violence and criminals who use these tactics to get what they want will be robustly prosecuted."

Background

All eight defendants pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to burgle at Southwark Crown Court on 21 February. They were sentenced on 22 March.

Defendants and sentences:

Jahreau Shepherd, 22: four years imprisonment
Ugo Wilson, 21: 27 months imprisonment
Ryan Hopkins, 18: 12 months detention and training order
Perry Hedges, 18: 26 months in a young offenders' institute
Emanuel Kakala, 18:  18-month prison sentence suspended for two years and 80 hours unpaid work
Samuel Warnes, 20: 18-month prison sentence suspended for two years and 150 hours unpaid work
15-year-old male: 10-month detention and training order
16-year-old male: 18-month detention and training order