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Gang jailed for Carphone Warehouse robberies

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A GANG has been jailed for a series of terrifying robberies on Carphone Warehouse branches, including one in Trafalgar Way, Waddon. The six men stole thousands of pounds worth of goods in raids on five branches in which they threatened and sometimes physically attacked staff. They have been jailed for between nine-and-a-half years to three-and-a-half years after admitting the robberies following an investigation by the Met's Flying Squad. Patrick McDermott, 30, and his brother Dean McDermott, 26, both of Corrance Road, Brixton, along with three unknown men, barged into the Trafalgar Way branch just before closing on October 19, 2012. Covering their faces with hoods and scarves, the men threatened a member of staff and kicked another repeatedly in the chest, stealing £27,364 worth of goods. Four days earlier, on October 15 2012, Patrick McDermott threatened staff at the Streatham High Road branch with a red-handled machete, stealing £8,144 worth of goods before leaving in a black hatchback. On October 9, he robbed the store in Streatham Place, Streatham, barging in and intimating that he had a gun. He grabbed money from the cashier and filled two black bin bags with phones and laptops before walking out with £4,022 worth of goods. In December 2012, Michael Marlon Smith, 34, of Penge House, Battersea, and an unidentified man robbed the store in Balham High Road. Smith's unknown accomplice held a silver handgun to a security guard's chest and the pair stole goods worth £19,848 before being driven away by Dean McDermott. On January 28, 2013, Tommy Ferris, 24, of Coldharbour Lane, Brixton; Tristain Morgan, 21, of Edgeley Road, Lambeth; and Paul Barnett, 24, of Clay Avenue, Mitcham, robbed the store in London Road, Kingston. They threatened staff with a chair and stole property worth £2,391 before leaving in a stolen BMW driven by Dean McDermott. As well as jail terms of nine-and-a-half years and seven years respectively for Dean McDermott and Patrick McDermott, the brothers were also given serious crime prevention orders.

Gang jailed for Carphone Warehouse robberies


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