Smash and grab robbery gang jailed for a total of 64 years

30/07/2015

Seven members of a criminal gang who carried out a number of smash and grab robberies in the capital have been jailed for a total of 64 years at Kingston Crown Court today.

Seven men and two women have been convicted for their involvement in the robberies of designer jewellery, watches and handbags from stores including Selfridges, Mappin and Web, Jimmy Choo and Prada and the subsequent sale of the stolen goods. Two remaining defendants will be sentenced on 19th August.

Howard Tobias, Reviewing Lawyer for CPS London, said: "This case involved smash and grab raids of a number of businesses in the city, targeted because of their high-value merchandise. The men that raided these businesses used axes and sledgehammers to break into security cases and grab as much as they could.

"The raids were orchestrated by Reece Dunford who organised them and then sold the stolen goods on to his contacts, including Yair Cohen.

"All those involved in this case were motivated purely by greed. It is clear that they had no regard for the safety of the public as they threatened violence to get what they wanted and fled the scenes of their crimes on motorcycles, speeding through crowded streets.

"Many of the raids were carried out during opening hours and left shoppers and staff terrified and fearing for their lives.

"CPS London is committed to working with our police partners to bring the perpetrators of this type of violent crime to justice and I hope that the sentences handed down send out a strong message."

Background

Convictions and sentence details:
REECE DUNFORD - 12 years total sentence
Pleaded guilty to:
- seven counts of conspiracy to handle stolen goods
- one count of conspiracy to rob
- two counts of conspiracy to burgle
- one count of conspiracy to produce Class B drugs
- one count of possessing criminal property

HOLLIE DOWDING - not yet sentenced
Pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to handle stolen goods

YAIR COHEN - 6 years total sentence
Found guilty of:
- three counts of handling stolen goods
- one count of converting criminal property
- one count of money laundering
- one count of cheating the revenue
- one count of making a false statement to obtain housing benefit

RUSUDAN KRITCHELI - not yet sentenced
Found guilty of one count of converting criminal property and one count of money laundering.

PATRICK O'BRIEN - 12 years imprisonment
Found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit robbery

VINCENT KAMARA - 12 years imprisonment
Found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit robbery.

DAVID MAYS - 8 years imprisonment
Pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to rob.

BOZ BURBRIDGE  - 7 years imprisonment
Pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to rob.

DANNY ST LUCE - 7 years imprisonment
Pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to rob.