Brazen burglars crashed cars into luxury shops made off with clothes

West End ram raid gang locked up for 13 years: Brazen burglars crashed cars into luxury shops then made off with £465,000 of clothes and handbags

  • Ram raid gang who stole more than £465,000 worth of clothing and handbags
  • They burgled Selfridges in Oxford Street, Celine on Mount Street on 24 July that year and Moncler in Old Bond Street during a series of raids last year
  • The gang were jailed for a total of 13 years after admitting conspiring to burgle

A ram raid gang who stole more than £465,000 worth of clothing and handbags from high-end shops have been jailed.     

The first burglary took place at Selfridges in Oxford Street at 3.30am on July 14 last year, involving two vehicles – an Audi S4 with stolen number plates, and a Jaguar S-Type, with cloned number plates. 

The Jaguar reversed through the entrance doors and five burglars ran into the shop, stealing a number of Valentino and Balenciaga handbags before getting back into the vehicles and driving off.

Flying Squad detectives investigated the movements of the vehicles and suspects, and ‘extensive CCTV enquiries’ tracked the vehicles to a residential area in Highgate – but it wasn’t until the second burglary that officers were able to identify the members of the organised crime group. 

At Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday, Five men admitted conspiring to burgle three Westminster premises following the series of raids across London’s West End.

Martin Dunne, 37, of Waltham Abbey, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, while Omar Bakali, 28, of Kilburn, was sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment.

One burglary took place just after midnight on 9 October 2020 at Moncler in Old Bond Street. CCTV evidence showed the group meeting in a residential area in Chalk Farm. As with the earlier offences, the group turned their mobile phones off at this meeting to avoid being detected. They approached the venue in a stolen Kia Niro and two motorbikes before smashing their way through the entrance door with a sledgehammer


Omar Bakali, left, of Kilburn, was sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment. Anthony Alleyne, right, of Peckham, was sentenced to four years and six months’ imprisonment.


Gary Lynch, left, of Highgate, was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment. Jamie Claydon, right, of Newbourne, Suffolk, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods

Jamie Claydon, 28, of Newbourne, Suffolk, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.

Gary Lynch, 32, of Highgate, was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment, while Anthony Alleyne, 54, of Peckham, was sentenced to four years and six months’ imprisonment.

THE RAM-RAIDERS’ SENTENCES 

Martin Dunne, 37, of Waltham Abbey, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.

Omar Bakali, 28, of Kilburn, was sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment.

Jamie Claydon, 28, of Newbourne, Suffolk, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. He also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.

Gary Lynch, 32, of Highgate, was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment.

Anthony Alleyne, 54, of Peckham, was sentenced to four years and six months’ imprisonment.

The second offence took place at Celine on Mount Street on 24 July 2020, at 4.05am, where two stolen vehicles – an Audi S4 and a Volkswagen Golf, both displaying stolen number plates – arrived at the scene. 

The Golf reversed through the entrance doors at speed, causing ‘extensive’ structural damage, and five suspects ran into the store and stole a number of handbags.  

The Golf was abandoned in the shop while the men left the scene in the Audi. 

DNA linked Anthony Alleyne, 54, to the Golf.

Further telephone evidence and ANPR showed Dunne and Bakali travelling from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, to north London on the evening of 24 July in the Audi S4. 

CCTV evidence revealed them meeting with other members of the group at a residential area in Highgate to change clothes and prepare the Audi and Golf – changing number plates on the vehicles.

CCTV also showed the group rendezvousing in Highgate after the offence, transferring property stolen into a Ford Transit van. 

Footage from the night of the offence, and later surveillance observations, linked this van to Lynch. 

Images and messages found on Bakali’s phone showed him trying to sell the handbags on in the days after the offence.

The third burglary took place just after midnight on 9 October 2020 at Moncler in Old Bond Street. 

CCTV evidence showed the group meeting in a residential area in Chalk Farm. 

As with the earlier offences, the group turned their mobile phones off at this meeting to avoid being detected. 

They approached the venue in a stolen Kia Niro and two motorbikes before smashing their way through the entrance door with a sledgehammer. 

Martin Dunne, 37, of Waltham Abbey, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment 

They stole a number of jackets, bags and other items of clothing and fled the scene. 

One of the motorbikes used was abandoned at the scene, and later enquiries showed it had been stolen.

Later that day, on the afternoon of 9 October, detectives conducted surveillance in a residential area of Epping, locating Claydon in a van, and discovering a large amount of stolen Moncler clothing in bin bags.   

He was arrested for handling stolen goods and released under investigation. 

DNA linked Bakali to the motorbike left at the scene, and images found on Dunne’s phone showed him to have been in possession of stolen clothing from this burglary.

Detective Constable Martyn Stone from the Met’s Flying Squad, said: ‘This was an immensely complex investigation involving a huge amount of evidence.

‘The group caused havoc in the West End with buildings being severely damaged and high valued goods being stolen. These men have since discovered that crime does not pay and thanks to the complex investigative work by the Flying Squad, they will instead be spending time behind bars.’

Claydon was later arrested again in May 2021 and charged with conspiracy to burgle. The other members of the group were arrested throughout March and May 2021 and also charged with conspiracy to burgle.

Investigations continue to track down and bring to justice outstanding suspects who are believed to be involved in these offences.

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