5million heist at Selfridges as well as nine other high profile

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A gang of robbers who carried out a 1.5million heist at Selfridges as well as nine other high profile smash and grab raids have been convicted.

Four of the gang were found guilty for their part in the raids at Kingston Crown Court in London today, while five others had already pleaded guilty to their involvement.

The gang were responsible for a total of 10 cheap canada goose new york raids, including the 1.5million raid on Selfridges in June 2013 when the group forced their way in to the Oxford Street store while wearing burkas.

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After the raid, gang member Connor Groake and fellow robber Sam Curtin were detained by members of the public after crashing their moped as they attempted a high speed getaway.

Mohamed Hussein, a law student who was working in a pizza restaurant at the time, tackled one of the men and restrained him until police arrived.

At the time, the 29 year old bodybuilder said: ‘I feel confident anyone would do this. I am no hero.’

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Weeks before the high profile Selfridges attack, the same gang targeted a jewellers in Windsor, Berkshire.

Again dressed in burkas, they stormed inside the Robert Gatwood store armed with sledgehammers and axes and raided display cases containing a number of Rolex watches.

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Other raids carried out by the group include two at Prada in Old Bond Street in October and November 2013 when the shutters were forced open and 20,000 of handbags were stolen.

The group were also responsible for a smash and grab carried out at Jimmy Choo in March last year when gang members stole 22,000 worth of handbags, and at Alexander McQueen’s warehouse in Islington in November 2007 when laptops, clothing and handbags worth 50,000 were taken.

Reece Dunford, 31, from Essex, who was involved in every robbery, was caught after hand picking a team of four to carry out a raid on Mappin canada goose factory outlet toronto location and Webb in the City of London in April last year armed with axes and canada goose outlet sledge hammers.

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‘Dunford was involved in every incident in one way or another and clearly started to think he was untouchable. These convictions are proof that the Flying Squad will relentlessly pursue anyone who tries to make a living from crimes like canada goose hat uk these.’

Connor Groake, 25, (right) and canada goose outlet washington dc Sam Curtin (left), 20, have previously been sentenced for their roles in the Selfridges raid. As they fled on a scooter, Groake lost control and they were tackled to the ground by the public

Five men pleaded guilty at Kingston Crown Court to their involvement in the robberies, including Dunford who played a part in 10 of them. Four others were convicted following a lengthy trial which ended today.

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Both were arrested by Met Flying Squad detectives just hours after a smash and grab robbery coordinated by Dunford, which took place at Mappin and Webb in Fenchurch Street, City of London, in April last year.

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They threatened terrified members of staff before Kamara directed Burbridge and Mays towards the shop displays with the most valuable watches.

They smashed through the glass cabinets and made off with more than 300,000 of Rolex watches, leaving the sledgehammers and axe behind at the scene.