Saturday, 15 January 2011

Busy Robbers Jailed For Spree Of Raids

Three armed robbers responsible for a six-week spree of raids, which left staff and customers at eight betting shops across North London terrified have been caged.

Yousef Koleilat, 22, ( of The Roundway, Tottenham received nine years.

Patou Mayamba, 22, (pic.mid.) of no fixed abode received eight years.

Jotkar Hussein, 21, (pic.bottom) of Maple Close, Stoke Newington received six years.

They all pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court to conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to carry a firearm or imitation firearm, with criminal intent.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Flying Squad – which specializes in investigating commercial robberies – were first alerted to the gang on March 6, last year when two armed men fled empty-handed from William Hill bookmakers, Willoughby Lane, Tottenham after threatening staff.

The next day two robbers escaped with £786 from a betting shop in Highgate Hill, Archway after threatening staff with a handgun.

Six more similar raids occurred between March 19 and April 14 and despite threats of violence the gang often left empty-handed and on one occasion with merely £10.

Detective Constable Paul Harburn, of the Flying Squad, said: “These men carried out frightening and sustained raids over a two month period.

“Staff and customers at the targeted premises were left distressed by their actions, especially when they were unable to meet their demands to hand over large amounts of cash.

“Flying Squad officers were eventually able to track their movements and arrested them.

“It is thanks to the professionalism of the case put forward that they had no choice but to plead guilty at court.”

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