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Friday, 28 August 2015

Moment Burkha-Wearing Raiders Made Off With £64,000 of Cash And Jewellery From South London Pawnbrokers

Burkha-wearing raiders made off with £64k from south London pawnbrokers
The pair grabbed cash and jewellery worth more than £64,000 after holding two terrified women at gunpoint at the Harvey and Thompson pawnbrokers in Atlantic Road, Brixton, in May this year

Two burkha-clad robbers who stole more than £64,000 worth of cash and jewellery from a pawnbrokers were caught because 'they did not walk like women'. 
Michael Lindo, 34, and Aaron Dumetz, 24, both from Lambeth, threatened two female staff members with a fake gun before making off with their loot.
They have been jailed for more than 20 years after a judge described the robbery as 'professional' and 'carefully planned'. 



The pair grabbed cash and jewellery worth more than £64,000 after holding two terrified women at gunpoint at the Harvey and Thompson pawnbrokers in Atlantic Road, Brixton, in May this year
The alarm was raised as suspicious witnesses noticed the men 'did not walk like women', Inner London Crown Court heard.
Within minutes unarmed officers were on the scene, giving chase as the two men fled.
The robbers were caught and tackled to the ground after a short pursuit and the officers were today praised for 'remarkable bravery' in confronting the pair without knowing the gun was fake. 

Lindo and Dumetz were jailed for more than 20 years after a judge described the robbery as 'professional' and 'carefully planned.' 
The court heard Lindo had 19 previous convictions for robbery or attempted robbery, two of them with firearms.
Lindo, 34, a football coach, and Dumetz, a trainee carpenter, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent.
They had targeted the pawnbrokers in Atlantic Road, Brixton, shortly after 9am on May, 27. 
The two criminal were caught out after members of the public saw they walked 'like men' in May this year
The two criminal were caught out after members of the public saw they walked 'like men' in May this year
The two men - dressed in full length black burkas - marched into the store as the two staff members were opening up, one was vaccuuming the floor and the other placing jewellery in the window

The two men - dressed in full length black burkas - marched into the store as the two staff members were opening up, one was vaccuuming the floor and the other placing jewellery in the window

Investigating officer DS Gary Ferguson of The Flying Squad, East London Branch, said: 'On behalf of Met's Flying Squad I would like to thank the local Lambeth Police officers, who bravely followed the two robbers from the scene and tackled them, despite not knowing at that time if the firearm used on the robbery was real or not.
'It was these officers and members of the public, who reported the two robbers actions to police, that has secured the conviction of these two men and the recovery of a substantial amount of stolen jewellery and cash.
'Lindo in particular is a career criminal and this timely intervention has averted a serious threat to public safety and commercial premises in particular.'

Via - Daily Mail

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