Robbery gang traced after Whitechapel hold-up is caught in CCTV
PUBLISHED: 12:38 18 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:38 18 February 2014
A violent robbery of an employee carrying cash to the bank from a money transfer shop in London’s East End was caught on CCTV.
It led to Flying Squad detectives tracking down the gang which had carried out two heists against the same shop in Whitechapel in just 10 months which netted £340,000.
Four gang members are being sentenced later this month after an Old Bailey trial ended last Thursday.
The gang followed the owner for six miles in his car before attacking him in the first hold-up in December, 2011. They attacked him as he arrived home in Manor Park as he got out of his car, snatched his keys and took deposit bags containing £310,000 from the car boot.
Police later found CCTV footage showing men in two Minis watching the shop in Whitechapel Road.
The same money transfer shop was targeted again in October, 2012, when an employee carrying £30,000 in a plain bag to a nearby bank was robbed.
But this attack was caught on CCTV and helped police trace six men.
Akhbar Hussain, 40, from Stileman House in Bow, was found guilty of the first robbery.
Shetu Meah, 31, from Colmar Close in Whitechapel, was found guilty of the second robbery, along with Abdion Hassan, 23, from Walthamstow.
Vinton Meade, 29, from Clapton, admitted his part in the robbery. The remaining two were acquitted.
Det Sgt Holly Simon from the Flying Squad said after the trial: “This was a terrifying act by a calculated group of men who used violence to steal proceeds from a small business. The convictions are a warning to those engaging in organised crime.”
All four are being sentenced on February 27.