Video: Dramatic footage of Islington gang raiding Louis Vuitton store in Chelsea
PUBLISHED: 10:51 23 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:16 23 January 2015
The five strong group - three of whom are from Islington - were jailed for a total of 26 years following the smash and grab raid on the designer store
A smash and grab gang who snatched £70,000 worth of designer goods from a Louis Vuitton store were yesterday caged for a total of 26 years.
Brothers David and Alan Kelly, from Moray Road, Finsbury Park and Daryl Salisbury, from Kelvin Road, Highbury, were three of the five strong gang who broke into the high-end fashion outlet - where bags can sell for £15,000.
In the early hours of June 26 last year the men used two cars and three scooters to break through the door of the store in Sloane Street, Chelsea.
They got away with designer handbags, belts and purses but were filmed by a member of the public on their smartphone.
The footage was given to police, and the Flying Squad arrested them in Islington later that same day.
Det Chf Ins Steve Ellen from Scotland Yard said: “This audacious theft was shocking to both staff at the store and passing motorists.
“Thanks to the Flying Squad the gang were quickly identified and arrested and an amount of goods recovered.”
Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London, said: “The men used a moped to crash through the glass front of the store and made off with over £70,000 worth of handbags.
“The men were caught on camera by a member of the public using their camera phone at the scene, and who provided their footage to police, who in turn quickly identified one of the gang.
“The increasing use of smartphones by members of the public should serve as a warning to criminals that their crimes are being observed and recorded all the more often – and that this evidence can lead directly to their conviction as happened here.
“Smash and grab raids are frightening and dangerous for those who both experience and witness them and we are committed to working with our policing partners to tackle this type of serious organised crime and bring the criminals to justice.”
David Kelly, 30, was sentenced to seven years and Michael Lewis, 28 of Upminster Road South, Rainham was sentenced to six years at Blackfriars Crown Court after both men were found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary.
Alan Kelly, 21, was sentenced to three years and six months in prison, Salisbury, 25, was handed a six years term and Kavosh Jalali, 24, of Crescent Way, Barnet, was sentenced to four years after the three pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary earlier in the proceedings.
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