Three men, who committed a series of armed robberies within a three mile radius of Hampstead Heath, attacking many of their victims on their own doorsteps, were jailed at Blackfriars Crown Court on 13 February to a total of 23 years’ imprisonment.
Corrie Moroney, 23 (8.01.92) of Wedmore Street, N19 was sentenced to 11 years for conspiracy to rob and a further year for assault. He pleaded guilty on 26 September 2014 to a total of 12 robberies between 5 March 2014 and 20 June 2014.
Ellis Parkinson, 21 (21.11.93) of Tollington Road, N7 was sentenced to eight years for conspiracy to rob a further three month suspended sentence. He pleaded guilty to three robberies on 19 December. His plea for seven robberies was accepted on 10 February.
Alan Fitzgerald, 20 (21.07.94) of Pollards Close, N7 was sentenced to four years in a Young Offendersâ€™ Institute. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to rob on 19 December 2014. His plea was accepted on 10 February.
The 12 offences began on 5 March 2014 and concluded when the three were arrested by officers from the Metâ€™s Flying Squad on 20 June 2014.
In all of the offences the victims were approached by men riding two mopeds who used a hammer to intimidate them into handing over their possessions. In later attacks, the gang were armed with a stun gun and a knife.
Often, the victims would be attacked in the evening on the driveway of their own home as they had parked their cars. However, as the suspects appeared to grow in confidence, their attacks spread to other locations including a park and a petrol station forecourt.
The gang were snared following a targeted police operation by officers from the Flying Squad who had studied numerous pieces of CCTV and collated witness reports to identify the three suspects. This culminated in Moroney, Parkinson and Fitzgerald being arrested after they had committed their final offence on 20 June.
Parkinson was arrested at his address in Tollington Road, N7 while Fitzgerald and Moroney were arrested after officers followed them to Moroneyâ€™s address in Wedmore Street, N19.
On searching the streets near where Fitzgerald and Moroney had been arrested, officers found a black moped with a red faring, similar to one described as being used in the final offence. Within the moped officers discovered correspondence belonging to the final victim a number plate that had been removed from the bike.
Following searches of both properties where the gang had been arrested, officers recovered numerous items of clothing which linked the gang to the string of offences.
The gang were sentenced as follows at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday, 13 February:
Detective Sergeant Gail Lilley from the Serious & Organised Crime Command said: â€œI am very pleased with the sentencing and that three dangerous violent offenders have been caught who were terrorising the residents of Westminster / Camden / Islington and Barnet. This enquiry has further highlighted the excellent working relations that exist between Flying Squad and local boroughs. This success would not have been possible without the determination and detective ability of all concerned. The sentencing sends a clear message to those involved in street robberies that they face a lengthy custodial sentence.â€
A 22-year-old man [D] was arrested on Friday, 4 July on suspicion of conspiracy to rob. He returned on bail in December 2014 where no further action was taken.
Investigations are still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call 101, alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
List of robberies
Robbery 1, 5 March 2014 in Park Way NW11. Victim hit in face with hammer and had watch taken.
Robbery 2, 11 April 2014 in Plattâ€™s Lane, NW2. Victim grabbed from behind and had watch, rings and chain taken.
Robbery 3, 1 May 2014 in Farm Avenue, NW2. The victim was approached by suspect with a hammer. The victim was threatened and the suspect took her watch and phone.
Robbery 4, 3 May 2014 in Priory Terrace, NW6. The victim was sitting in his car when two suspects approached the car. They smashed the window and took the victimâ€™s watch and money.
Robbery 5, 5 May 2014 in Wray Cresent Park. The victim was walking along the road when he was approached and threatened with a hammer by the suspects. They took the victimâ€™s watch, ring, phone, belt and sunglasses.
Robbery 6, 7 May 2014 in West Heath Road, NW11. The victim was on her driveway when she was approached and threatened by the suspect. The suspect took her watch and ring.
Robbery 7, 14 May 2014 in Asmans Hill, NW11. The victim was on his driveway when approached by the suspect and threatened with a hammer. The suspect took the victimâ€™s watch and money.
Robbery 8, 17 May 2014 in Winnington Avenue, NW11. As the victim and his wife were leaving the park they were approached by the suspects on mopeds and threatened with a hammer. The suspects took both watches and a purse.
Robbery 9, 30 May 2014 in a petrol station in Wellington Road. The victim was approached by suspects on mopeds. They hit his car with a hammer and threatened the victim. The suspects took his watch.
Robbery 10, 1 June 2014 in Kidderpore Avenue, NW3. The suspect followed the victim into his garage. Smashed his vehicle window and threatened him with a hammer. The suspects took his watch and wallet.
Robbery 11, 17 June 2014 in Hamilton Terrace, NW8. Thevictim was parking her car when suspects approached on two mopeds. She was threatened with a hammer. The suspects took her phone and watch. The suspects then took her handbag from the back of the car.
Robbery 12, 20 June 2014 in St Johns Wood Road, NW8. The victim had just got out of her vehicle when she was approached by the suspects. The suspects took her watch and handbag. Police were able to recover this handbag.