Burglary gang sentenced over south London crime spree

Six young men and a 17-year-old have been charged

Monday, July 8, 2019

A group of young men and teenagers have been sentenced to a total of 14 years in prison over a string of burglaries across south London last year.

The court heard they carried out 47 burglaries in the space of just three months.

The gang would break into homes in affluent areas and target handbags and car keys.

They worked systematically, and would often swap the licence plates of stolen vehicles to avoid being identified.

Despite most of the robberies being carried out while the occupants were at home, in most cases they would only notice their car was missing the following morning.

The gang was found to be responsible for the theft of 53 vehicles.

More than 10 vehicles have been recovered, however many more remain missing.

The eldest offender, 24-year-old Kofi Yeboah, pleaded guilty and was handed the harshest punishment – six years in prison.

The other young adults also pleaded guilty and received a mix of jail time and suspended sentences.

A 17-year-old was handed a 12-month referral order as well as a three-month curfew.

Detective Sergeant Jonathan Payne said south London residents were “terrified” during the crime spree.

“I hope today’s result acts as a deterrent to those involved in this type of criminality and reassures the public that police listen and take robust action,” he said

“Career criminals have no place on the streets of London and we will continue working night and day to put such audacious offenders behind bars and keep communities safe.”

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