Four members of a criminal gang have been put behind bars after stealing a man’s watch and two diamond rings worth £43,000.
They were jailed for the theft for almost 39 years in total following a special investigation by detectives from the Met’s Flying Squad.
Alan Kelly, 27, of Moray Road, Islington was sentenced to 10 years and nine months in prison.
David Kelly, 37, of HMP Highdown, Surrey, was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison.
Corrie Moroney, 29, of Highbury New Park, Islington, and Lewis Sokhi, 28, of Englefield Road, Islington were jailed for nine years.
The electric bicycle gang ambushed the victim, a man in his 20s, as he left a hotel in Stratton Street, Mayfair at 7.30pm on November 21, 2020.
One of the gang members, Alan Kelly, pulled out a large ‘Rambo knife’ and the gang took the victim to the ground.
During the attack, a £25,000 Rolex watch and two diamond rings worth £9,000 each were stolen from her.
Hotel security personnel attempted to intervene but the gang fled the scene and they could not be found when searched by response officers.
The victim was shaken but suffered no serious physical injury.
CCTV and cell phone investigations led Fly Squad detectives to the gang during their special investigation.
He placed the men at Kelly’s home in Moray Road around 5pm on the evening of the attack and they were seen close to Brompton Road near Harrods at 6.50pm before traveling to Mayfair where they robbed the victim.
The gang pleaded guilty to robbery and were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.
Judge Philip Brook Smith QC also issued Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPO) prohibiting them from using e-bikes when released – the same e-bikes they used in the robbery.
Lead investigator Detective Constable David Reed said: ‘It was a truly horrific experience for the victim who was just spending his evening when he was attacked. He probably feared for his life. I would like to thank him for supporting us throughout the investigation and the legal process.
He added: “Targeting violent crime is the top priority for everyone in the Met, so I am very happy to see these sentences and SCPO handed down today. We are determined to do everything in our power to ensure public safety by disrupting and deterring high-risk offenders.
“Today’s results are a clear warning to anyone else affected by such breaches that whatever tactic you use, the MPS will investigate you, we will find you and we will do everything in our power. power to make sure you go to jail.”