gang of thieves who carried out a £50,000 spate of violent robberies on safety vans throughout southeast London have been jailed.
The four-strong organised crime group rushed guards carrying money packing containers as they made deliveries to Publish Places of work, a Co-Op, and a Mecca Bingo Corridor.
At Woolwich crown courtroom on Friday, Kieran Beazley, 33, Sam Holmes, 29, Sanchez Williams, 32, and David Leadbeater, 31, had been all jailed after admitting conspiracy to rob.
The group, who all have a string of earlier convictions, wore masks and gloves as they carried out the robberies between February and June this 12 months.
A safety guard was ambushed outdoors a Publish Workplace in Mottingham on March 4, with one of many robbers – believes to be Beazley – “barging” him and grabbing the money field.
One other of the gang was brandishing a screwdriver as they fled, driving away in a stolen Ranger Rover Evoque which was later discovered deserted.
They struck once more on June 4 at a Co-Op in Blackfen, southeast London, arriving in a white van with false numberplates earlier than “violently barging the guard into the railings on the entrance of the store”, stated the Met.
A money field containing £12,500 was briefly stolen, however the guard – along with a member of the general public – tackled one of many thieves and retrieved the cash.
Eight days later they carried out a theft on a safety van at New Eltham Publish Workplace, however the Flying Squad was already mendacity in wait.
Beazley, Holmes and Williams emerged from their stolen car and “sprinted in direction of the guard”, with Beazley rugby-tackling him to the bottom to steal the money field containing £28,000.
Leadbeater was the getaway driver, however their van was finally stopped after crashing into pursuing police autos.
Beazley and Holmes are additionally believed to have been the robbers who ambushed a van outdoors a Mecca Bingo Corridor in Eltham on February 17, when virtually £7,000 was stolen.
Beazley, from Eltham, admitted three counts of conspiracy to rob, two counts of dealing with stolen items, theft, and three costs of driving whereas disqualified, and was jailed for ten years and eight months.
Williams, of New Cross, obtained a sentence of seven years and eight months, and Leadbeater, from Plumstead was jailed for ten years and eight months, after they each admitted involvement in three of the robberies.
Holmes, from Mottingham, pleaded responsible to one of many robberies and was jailed for 11-and-a-half years.
Detective Inspector Gail Lilley, of Central Specialist Crime, known as the robbers “profession criminals” including: “Now we have put a cease to their felony actions and brought harmful criminals off the road.”