This is the shocking moment a gang of burglars ram cars into Selfridges and other luxury stores before walking away with £456,000 worth of goods.
Five members of the organised crime group, aged from 28 to 54, have been jailed following an investigation by the Met Police's Flying Squad.
They were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday (December 21) after pleading guilty to conspiring to burgle three premises in Westminster, London in July 2020.
CCTV released by the Met Police shows the gang reversing a Jaguar saloon into Selfridges through the entrance doors, breaking the floor-to-ceiling glasses at around 3.30am.
Five suspects then spring into the department store and steal a number of Valentino and Balenciaga handbags and jump back on the car, fleeing the scene.
Ten days later the group drove an Audi S4 and a Volkswagen Golf to Mount Street and rammed the Golf into the Celine store, stealing a number of handbags.
The group abandoned the Golf and got away in the Audi car.
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Detectives from the Flying Squad managed to track the movements of the vehicles and collected CCTV evidence to identify the gang members.
When the group committed their third offence at a Moncler store in Old Bond Street, officers arrested Jamie Claydon for handling stolen goods and later released under investigation.
Detective Constable Martyn Stone, from the Met’s Flying Squad, said: "This was an immensely complex investigation involving a huge amount of evidence.
"The group caused havoc in the West End with buildings being severely damaged and high valued goods being stolen.
"These men have since discovered that crime does not pay and thanks to the complex investigative work by the Flying Squad, they will instead be spending time behind bars."
Claydon was later arrested again in May 2021 and charged with conspiracy to burgle.
The other members of the group were arrested throughout March and May 2021 and also charged with conspiracy to burgle.
Martin Dunne, 37, of Foxes Parade, Waltham Abbey, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.
Omar Bakali, 28, of Hopefield Avenue, Kilburn, was sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment.
Jamie Claydon, 28, of Ipswich Road, Newbourne, Suffolk, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.
Gary Lynch, 32, of Tudor Close, Highgate, was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment.
Anthony Alleyne, 54, of Peckham Road, Peckham, was sentenced to four years and six months’ imprisonment.
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