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SECOM CCTV systems provide evidence that convicts armed robbers

SECOM CCTV systems provide evidence that convicts armed robbers

A gang of armed robbers have been jailed for a series of attacks on Carphone Warehouse stores in London.

The six men were clearly unaware of the fact the company utilises the services of SECOM and were captured on CCTV during the raids in Croydon, Balham, Kingston and Streatham.

Between October 2012 and January 2013, the gang attacked five stores and made off with handsets, laptops and accessories worth a combined total of £61,769, the Croydon Guardian reports.

During one attack, one of the assailants branded a machete, while an imitation gun was used to threaten staff on another occasion. A worker from the Croydon branch was repeatedly kicked in the chest during one attack.

Following a hearing at Kingston Crown Court, the men pleaded guilty to the robberies and ringleader Patrick McDermott, from Brixton, was jailed for seven years on two counts of robbery. His brother, Dean McDermott, received a nine-and-a-half year sentence for three counts of robbery and the use of an imitation firearm.

The four other members of the gang - Tristain Morgan, Tommy Ferris, Paul Bennett and Michael Marlon Smith - were sentenced to between three-and-a-half and five years each.

During the robbers' first attack on the Streatham Hill branch of Carphone Warehouse on October 9th 2012, Patrick McDermott repeatedly banged on the door while the shop was closed as staff were completing a stocktake. They refused to open the door, but he barged his way in and told workers he had a weapon.

Mr McDermott then filled two black bin bags with phones and laptops and took money from the cashier before walking out. 

The gang conducted two more attacks in October, another in December and a final robbery on January 28th in Kingston. 

However, the six men are now facing considerable time behind bars after they were tracked down and convicted of the crimes, largely thanks to the CCTV pictures provided by the SECOM security systems installed at each of the Carphone Warehouse branches. 

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