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

22/07/2013

Connor Groake and Sam Curtin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and aggravated vehicle taking at Kingston Crown Court today. Curtin was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment and Groake was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment.

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."

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  3. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are three specialised national divisions: Central Fraud Division, Special Crime and Counter Terrorism, and Organised Crime. In 2011-2012, The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Department of Health (DoH) prosecution functions were transferred to the CPS. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales.
  4. In 2010-2011 the CPS employed around 7,745 people and prosecuted 957,881 cases with 116,898 of these in the Crown Court, and the remaining 840,983 in the magistrates' courts. Of those we prosecuted, 93,106 defendants were convicted in the Crown Court and 727,491 in the magistrates' courts. In total 86% of cases prosecuted resulted in a conviction. Further information can be found on the CPS website.
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