Four members of an organised crime gang who stole £400,000 in a series of armed robberies against cash vans have been jailed.
The gang used a fleet of stolen cars in violent robberies between London, Oxford, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire between May 2018 and November 2019.
The Metropolitan Police said they were armed with loaded pistols, metal crowbars, axes and knives, and often wore body armor and balaclavas during the crime.
When the gang tried to forcibly open a cash box, some of the stolen money was dyed with security dye, causing them to burn some and launder some through the bookmaker’s betting machines.
They also tried to cover their tracks by using cloned license plates on stolen cars.
But the Metropolitan Police flying squad spied on the gang, using license plate recognition cameras and phone evidence to track what they did.
Six members of the gang have been jailed, while four others were sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Monday.
They are: Brooklyn McFarlane, 27, from St John’s Avenue, Wandsworth, South London, jailed for 13 years for conspiracy to robbery, weapons offences and handling stolen goods.
Abdi Omar, 27, also from St John’s Drive, Wandsworth, was jailed for nine years for conspiracy to robbery, possession of an assault weapon and handling stolen goods.
Mahdi Hashi, 29, of Wandle Way, Wandsworth and Noaman Amin, 26, of Aliwal Road, Clapham Junction, south London, were each jailed for nine years for conspiracy to robbery and threatening someone with an offensive weapon.
Detective Constable Stephen O’Connell, from the Metropolitan Flying Squad, said: “This is a very complex investigation that requires dedication and skill to manage a large amount of evidence.
“Our officers worked around the clock to achieve this result. I would like to thank all those involved for their dedication and professionalism.
“The group has wreaked havoc in and around London, with high-value cars stolen and large amounts of money laundered and vandalised.
“These people later found out that the crime was unrewarded.”
Mr O’Connell said the investigation continued to track down others believed to be part of the same gang.