Teenage gang who stole more than £1million of cars in ‘terrifying’ north London robberies jailed
The final member of a teenage gang who stole cars worth more than £1 million in “terrifying” north London robberies has been jailed.
The group - responsible for around 30 vehicle robberies in the Wood Green area over a six-month period - targeted luxury cars before following and surrounding them.
They they threatened drivers with violence, often at knifepoint, if they did not give up their cars. Victims received minor physical injuries.
The vehicles were then taken to breakers yards across London before being shipped abroad where they were re-sold.
The robberies took place in Bounds Green, Palmers Green and Green Lanes between April and August 2021.
Donte Noble, 19, of Wood Green, on Friday became the final member of the gang to be sentenced when he was jailed for three years and six months at Wood Green Crown Court.
Two other members of the gang were previously jailed having been found guilty along with Noble of conspiracy to rob at an earlier trial.
Ramzak Ngatika, 19, of Wood Green, was jailed for five years and Melvin Kamara, 18, of Acton, was jailed for three years at Wood Green Crown Court on January 12.
A fourth teen, then aged 17, received a youth rehabilitation order after pleading guilty to one count of robbery and possession of an offensive weapon in August 2021.
Acting Detective Sergeant Daryl Belsey of the Met’s North Area Robbery Team said: “This group were responsible for a series of terrifying robberies committed over a six-month period across north London.
“Following a fast-paced and diligent investigation, the suspects were identified and arrested before any more offences could be committed.
“Since the group were arrested and taken off the streets, there was an 80 per cent reduction in vehicle robberies on the boroughs where they operated.
“PC Tim Foster from the North Area Robbery Team has been integral to the successful outcome of this investigation. It is meticulous police work like this which helps keep the public safe and put the perpetrators of criminal activity behind bars.”