A 22-year-old man, who pleaded guilty to knifepoint robbery at a designer clothes shop in Islington, has been sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment.
Shahruk Sheraji, of Rothay House, Albany Street, Camden pleaded guilty at Blackfriars’ Crown Court to moped-enabled knifepoint commercial robbery.
Sheraji, who is already serving a two-year sentence for moped-enabled thefts, will serve a further nine-year sentence.
Sheraji committed the offence at around 5:15pm on Wednesday, 16 November 2016.
Four mopeds – all with pillion passengers – mounted the kerb outside a designer clothing store on Upper Street, Islington.
Three riders stayed with the mopeds outside of the shop, whilst one rider and four passengers ran into the store.
Sheraji headed directly to the front counter with a large hunting knife, approximately 30cm in length, dropping a black knife sheath in the doorway.
He then began threatening the manager behind the till with the knife, whilst the other four suspects grabbed as much designer clothing as they could.
Another man, along with Sheraji, was also carrying a knife.
Over £20,000 worth of designer items, namely Armani; Canada Goose; Hugo Boss and Moncler jackets, were stolen within 30 seconds.
They then made off with the stolen goods on the mopeds, which had their registration plates removed.
A member of staff called police. They attended the scene immediately and obtained CCTV footage showing Sheraji dropping the black knife sheaf upon entering the store. His DNA was found on it, placing him at the scene.
On Saturday, 26 November 2016, Sheraji was arrested by police who identified him following numerous calls from victims who had reported their phones had been stolen by two men on mopeds across central-London. Police officers spotted and caught Sheraji as he attempted to flee on foot.
On arrest, Sheraji was found with over a dozen phones in his possession and items of clothing which matched those seen on CCTV footage from the robbery at the designer clothes store.
Detective Constable Steffan Evans, of the Camden and Islington CID, said: “Moped-enabled offences are a high priority for Camden and Islington and this investigation shows that moped-enabled thefts and knife crime are taken seriously.
“This planned attack at the shop left those who witnessed it feeling terrorised. The public should feel reassured that we are working to make the streets of London safer.”
Detective Chief Inspector Christine Jessah, from the Central North Command Unit, said: “As a result of the painstaking detective work by officers in Central North CID, a dangerous offender is off the streets and this lengthy sentence should be a deterrent to others.”
There are a further seven suspects who were involved in this incident who need identifying. Police would like to hear from anyone with any information which could progress this investigation.
If anyone can help, call Central North Command CID on 0208 345 0298 or police via 101.
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