LONDON ARMED GANG JAILED FOR POST OFFICES AND BANKS ROBBERIES

Six men have been convicted for their part in a series of robberies at ten banks and post offices.

The robberies all took place in south London between June 2014 and May 2015, and netted the gang more than £120,000.

Gary Katabarwa, 29 (5.12.87) of HMP Belmarsh was convicted of nine counts of conspiracy to rob, one count of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and one count of money laundering.

Shane Perry, 34 (14.07.82) of HMP Belmarsh was convicted of five counts of conspiracy to rob, one count of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and one count of money laundering.

Reece Perry, 24 (23.07.92) of HMP Belmarsh was convicted of three counts of conspiracy to rob and one count of money laundering.

Dwayne Ramsey, 35 (28.04.81) of HMP Thameside was convicted of six counts of conspiracy to rob and one count of money laundering.

Herbert Kulsumu, 36 (27.07.80) of HMP Belmarsh was convicted of one count of conspiracy to rob and one count of money laundering.

They were convicted on Wednesday, 25 January at the Old Bailey and will be sentenced on Friday, 10 February at the same court.

DC Adam Barsby of the Met’s Flying Squad said: “The gang targeted post offices and banks at opening time when they knew staff would be vulnerable to attack. They used violence and a firearm to terrorise staff and customers, who didn’t put up any resistance. They showed no emotion, compassion or forethought for the victims in these crimes and acted purely out of greed.

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“These convictions serve as a reminder to the public and to criminals that the Metropolitan Police is committed to protecting the public and work tirelessly to identify, apprehend and prosecute those who prey on hard-working and law-abiding citizens.”

  • Five of the gang (Reece Perry, Herbert Kulsumu, Gary Katabarwa, Dwayne Ramsey, Shane Perry) had already been convicted at the Old Bailey in December 2015 of an armed robbery at the Croydon High Street post office on 26 May 2015.

Olukayoade Conteh, 25 (04.06.91) of HMP Brixton had already been convicted and sentenced for his part in a robbery on 26 February 2015 at Lloyds Bank in Westow Hill. Conteh pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to rob and one count of money laundering at the beginning of this trial and awaits a date for sentencing.

The venues the gang conspired to rob were:

  1. Post Office, Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon on 26 June 2014

  2. Lloyds Bank, Croxted Road on 11 July 2014

  3. Barclays Bank, Westow Hill on 23 December 2014

  4. HSBC Bank, London Road, Mitcham on 23 December 2014

  5. Barclays Bank, Coombe Lane, Raynes Park on 23 December 2014

  6. HSBC Bank, London Road, Mitcham on 12 February 2015

  7. Lloyds Bank, Westow Hill on 26 February 2015

  8. HSBC Bank, Ewell Road, Surbiton on 25 March 2015

  9. Post Office, Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon on 8 April 2015

  10. Nat West Bank, High Road, Streatham on 1 May 2015.

Source: Met Police Newdesk

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