Moped-riding gang jailed for theft of Cartier and Rolex watches from high street jewellers
Published 06/10/2015 | 19:57
Dramatic footage of a moped-riding gang raiding a high street jewellers has been released by police.
Six men from London have been jailed for a total of 37 years for the robbery in Norwich.
The group had travelled to the city in a van on August 5 before riding the mopeds - a driver and a pillion passenger on each - to target Windsor Bishop jewellers.
The passengers used picks, axes and sledge hammers to smash their way in before threatening guards. They made off with Cartier and Rolex watches, Norfolk Police said.
The men then got back on the mopeds and rode off through the city and down the A11 towards London.
Dozens of passers-by gathered around the shop witnessed the raid and Norfolk Police received more than 40 calls, which allowed officers to quickly identify the suspects.
Many filmed the raid on their mobile phones and this, along with CCTV footage, allowed detectives to piece together events.
The police helicopter was deployed and the force found the suspects in a wooded area near Thetford within an hour of the raid.
Three Cartier and one Rolex watch worth a total of £30,000 were recovered.
Speaking after the men were jailed at Norwich Crown Court on Tuesday, Detective Constable Katie Barnard said: "Today's sentencing reflects the seriousness of this offence and sends a clear message that this type of crime will not be tolerated in the city.
"Thanks to the prompt calls from the public who witnessed the incident and the efforts of officers on the ground and in the air, we were able to detain all six suspects within an hour of the first 999 call being made.
"This case is an excellent example of how, by working together with the police, the public has a significant role in helping keep their communities safe."
Alfredo Rojasvagras, 24, Bradley McMillan, 22, Curtis Bradbury, 21, Mark Moloney, 18, Dillon Zambon, 17, all from Islington, and Tommy McKenzie, 25, from Hillingdon, all pleaded guilty to robbery.
McKenzie, McMillan and Rojasvagras each received a six-year jail sentence.
Bradbury received an 11-year extended jail sentence, while Moloney was sentenced to five years and Zambon three years in young offenders' institutes.