Tottenham gang members jailed for terrifying £50,000 robbery spree

PUBLISHED: 11:33 30 December 2010

Jailed: Harold Mack

Jailed: Harold Mack


A GANG of five young men including a 16-year-old have been jailed for more than 20 years for a string of cash-in-transit robberies that netted them over £50,000.

Jailed: Reece Henry

The gang targeted guards as they made collections in Wood Green, Tottenham and Green Lanes, Harringay, and other north London locations.

The robberies took place over a four month period between August and November 2009,

Wood Green Crown Court heard.

On Wednesday, December 22, Reece Henry, 16, of Fairbourne Road, Tottenham, Glodie Nzau, 19, of Copperfield Drive, Tottenham, Harold Mack, 18, of no fixed address, Olu Oyewobi, 19, of Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, and Shaddai Smith, 20, of Hatfield Road, Dagenham, Essex, were all jailed for their part in the robberies.

Jailed:  Glodie Nzau

On October 15 last year, Mack robbed a cash-in-transit van making a collection from Tesco in the High Road, Wood Green.

As the guard left the store Mack ran up behind him and snatched the cash box containing £12,600 from his hands, ran off and got into a green car which sped off followed by another car.

Less than a fortnight later on October 28, a cash-in-transit van was making a collection at the BP petrol station in Hale Road, Tottenham Hale.

As the guard returned to his van he was attacked from behind by a man who grabbed the cash box, containing £14,484, and ran off with another suspect.

They dived into a blue Nissan Sunny, which sped off up Ashley Road, but Mack had already been caught on CCTV.

Later that day an officer found the cash box in a laundry bag left in a red Alfa Romeo in Grove Street, Edmonton. Forensic analysis found Mack’s fingerprints on the cash box.

Smith, who owned the Alfa Romeo, was charged with robbery and conspiracy to rob.

A month later on November 28, Mack committed another robbery on a cash-in-transit van making a collection at LCC International Money Transfer in Queens Parade, Green Lanes, Harringay.

Mack grabbed the cash box containing £11,000 and struggled with the guard until he released it, but when he tried to make off in a Renault Clio it wouldn’t start.

He fled the scene on foot and abandoned the cash box, which was recovered nearby.

The gang were also involved in four other raids: taking an empty cash box outside a NatWest bank in Southgate on August 11; stealing a box containing £10,244 in The Avenue Trading Estate in Walthamstow on September 3; an attempt on a Post Office van on September 8 and taking a cash box with £1,948 inside from outside Brenner Community Centre in Stamford Hill on November 27.

Mack was jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to seven counts of conspiracy to rob; Nzau got two years and three months after admitting conspiracy to rob; Oyewobi got four years after admitting three counts of conspiracy to rob; Smith got three years and Henry got two-and-a-half years after both were convicted of conspiracy to rob.

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