Two men involved in Selfridges £1.5 million smash and grab raid sentenced

22/07/2013

Connor Groake and Sam Curtin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and aggravated vehicle taking at Kingston Crown Court. They were sentenced today (July 22nd).

Samantha Morris, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said:

"Sam Curtin and Connor Groake took part in a terrifying armed raid on Selfridges department store in Oxford Street on 6 June. They were part of a group who stole almost £1.5million worth of watches and jewellery. The group stormed the store and used axes and sledgehammers to break glass display cabinets and scoop out the high value items by the handful.

"The ferocity of the attack caused members of the public to fear for their lives with some even thinking it could be a terrorist attack.

"Following the raid the pair attempted to flee the scene on a moped but they crashed and were detained by members of the public until police arrived. They were found with a holdall containing 41 of the 142 stolen watches.

"CPS London is committed to tackling the menace of smash and grab raids to ensure that people can work and shop in the capital without fear of violence."

Notes:

  • Curtin received 10 years imprisonment for conspiracy to rob with an extended license period of 3 years. He also received 18 months concurrent for Aggravated taking and driving away (TDA). He was disqualified from driving for 2.5 years.
  • Groake received 8 years imprisonment for conspiracy to rob. He received 9 months imprisonment consecutive for breach of his Suspended Sentence. He also received 2 years imprisonment concurrent for Aggravated TDA. He was disqualified from driving for 2.5 years and ordered to take an Extended Driving Test.