Rainham man among five jailed for £70,000 smash and grab

CCTV images of the gang making off with handbags and other items at the Louis Vuitton store in Sloan

CCTV images of the gang making off with handbags and other items at the Louis Vuitton store in Sloane Street last year - Credit: Met

Five men have been sentenced to more than 26 years in prison after being convicted of a smash and grab raid which netted them more than £70,000 of designer handbags, belts and purses.

Michael Lewis, 28, of Upminster Road South, Rainham, was jailed for six years for conspiracy to commit burglary at Blackfriars Crown Court yesterday.

Lewis and four others raided the Louis Vuitton store in Sloane Street, west London, in June last year.

The gang used two cars and three scooters to break through the door of the high end fashion shop and snatch a number of items from inside.

They were arrested in Islington shortly afterwards by the Met’s flying squad who recovered the goods.

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Det Ch Insp Steve Ellen said: “This audacious theft was shocking to both staff at the store and passing motorists.

“Thanks to the flying squad the gang were quickly identified and arrested and an amount of goods recovered.”

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David Kelly, 30, of Moray Road, Finsbury Park, was sentenced to seven years in prison and his brother, David Kelly, 21, also of Moray Road, was sentenced to three years and six months.

Daryl Salisbury, 25, of Kelvin Road, Highbury, was given six years in prison and Kavosh Jalali, 24, of Crescent Way, North Finchley, was jailed for a total of four years.

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