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Dorchester smash-and-grab gang jailed

13 May 2015 by
Dorchester smash-and-grab gang jailed

Armed robbers who targeted two five-star London hotels and stole around £335,000 worth of goods have been jailed.

The smash-and-grab gang twice raided the Dorchester hotel on Park Lane in summer 2014, stealing £270,000 worth of goods, and also smashed into the

Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in Cadogan Place and stole watches worth £65,000 on 7 July last year.

The five robbers were found guilty of the raids, including further robberies at Rankins Jewellers on Bethnal Green Road and luxury watch store L'Atelier

Parmigiani, according to the London Evening Standard.

They were jailed for a total of almost 30 years.

Skye Roberts, 19, of Cubitt Street, Camden, and Hermane Yemane 18, of Highbury New Park, Islington were both jailed for six years.

Fred Gosling, 18, of Portpool Lane, Camden, was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for conspiracy to commit robbery and attempted robbery.

Adel Soufie, 18, of Hazellville Road, Islington, was jailed for three years for conspiracy to commit robbery.

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for four and a half years for attempted robbery at Rankins Jewellers on 22 July.

Detective constable Martin Lappin said: "This was a well planned and orchestrated series of robberies. I have no doubt that had we not apprehended these

men when we did they would have continued to commit further offences.

"I am pleased with the sentences that have been handed down as they highlight that armed robberies are not victimless crimes.

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