Moment security guard drives van into moped raiders to stop 'smash and grab' robbery

A security guard stopped a robbery on a London designer shop after reversing his van into a gang of moped raiders. CCTV footage released by police shows four suspects on their bikes as they try to break into a shop in an attempted “smash and grab” burglary. The criminals were forced to flee the scene empty-handed when a security guard drove his vehicle into one of their bikes.

Shortly before the security guard’s intervention, the gang had tried to rob another store on New Bond Street at 1.40am on March 3 last year. One of the bikes smashed into a door, causing it to open, but they could not enter the shop due to a security shutter. Even though those robberies were unsuccessful, two of the suspects in the video, who were jailed this week, managed to carry out several burglaries before.

Alfie Atherton was sentenced to 10 years and six months’ in jail

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Alfie Atherton, 29, from Tower Hamlets, East London, and Reed Roberts, 30, from Islington, were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, March 26.

The two criminals were jailed after stealing more than GBP40,000 in cash and perfume following a series of robberies in the West End, the Met Police confirmed. Atherton was sentenced to 10 years and six months’ in jail, while Roberts was sentenced to seven years and six months’ imprisonment. At an earlier hearing, Atherton pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, two counts of attempted burglary and one count of possession of a bladed article in a public place.

Roberts pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery.

Reed Roberts was sentenced to seven years and six months’ imprisonment

The pair were convicted following an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Flying Squad. The court head that on February 1, 2020, just after 10.30am, a guard was confronted as he made a cash delivery to Sainsbury’s in Clerkenwell Road in central London. A man in a fluorescent jacket and motorcycle helmet attacked him and forced the money box out of his hand before fleeing on a near by moped being driven by another suspect in a green jacket.

A witness later saw two men cutting the cash box open with an angle grinder in nearby Margery Street.

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The suspects gained access to the box – which contained GBP22,000 – and took the money from it. They then left the box and rode away again on the moped. Officers linked the pair to a “smash and grab” robbery at the Liberty London store in Marlborough Street three days before.

At 1.17am on January 29, 2020 two men on a moped threw a large concrete slab through a window of the store – which cost more than GBP1,000 to repair. One of the suspects – later identified as Atherton – climbed through the hole and proceeded to fill a very large, white rubble sack with more than GBP20,500 worth of a high-end brand of perfume and aftershave. He was wearing a black full faced crash helmet, blue top, black waterproof trousers and black gloves.

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As he was leaving the venue and dragging the bag towards the moped, he was confronted by a store security guard.

Atherton then produced a large ‘Rambo’ style knife and said “get back or I will stab you.” The thieves made-off along Carnaby Street where they decanted some of stolen products and dropped the knife. Detective Constable Lenny O’Keeffe, the investigating officer from the Flying Squad, said: “Atherton and Roberts caused chaos in the West End, even threatening and using violence, in their bid to steal cash and high-value goods.

“Atherton even caused more than GBP45,000 worth of damage to two stores when he attempted to steal even more expensive goods.

“They soon discovered that crime does not pay and thanks to the investigative work by the Flying Squad, they will instead be spending a lengthy period of time behind bars.”

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