A smash and grab gang filmed on a smartphone stealing more than £70,000 worth of Louis Vuitton handbags and purses in Knightsbridge have been jailed.
The five-man mob from north and east London, including two brothers, used two cars and three scooters to ram-raid through the door of the top designer’s flagship store in Sloane Street , London’s most expensive shopping street, at 1.30am on June 26, 2014.
CCTV footage shows them dramatically smashing through the doors and methodically snatching bags from around the store.
They managed to steal a number of handbags, belts and purses with a value in excess of £70,000 before making off but were caught by police in Islington shortly afterwards.
A passerby filmed the heist on their phone and showed the police who quickly identified one of the gang. Some of the goods were then recovered.
The iconic handbags worn by top celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga can cost up to £26,000.
David Kelly, 30, of Moray Road, Islington was sent to jail yesterday (January 22) for seven years after pleading guilty last week at Blackfriars Crown Court to conspiracy to commit burglary while Michael Lewis, 28, of Upminster Road South, Rainham, was sentenced to six years.
Three others admitted to the burglary earlier on in the case, with Kelly’s brother, Alan Kelly, 21, of the same address, getting three years and six months in prison.
Daryl Salisbury, 25, of Kelvin Road in Highbury, was sentenced to six years for the burglary and possession with intent to supply cannabis and Kavosh Jalali, 24, of Crescent Way in Finchley was given four years.
Baljit Ubhey, chief crown prosecutor for London, said: "The increasing use of smartphones by members of the public should serve as a warning to criminals that their crimes are being observed and recorded all the more often – and that this evidence can lead directly to their conviction as happened here."
The ram-raid was the third designer store in Knighstbridge to be targeted by thieves in a year, after Gucci and second-hand designer handbag store Designer Exchange had hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of bags stolen.
Valentino and Rolex, both in Knightsbridge, were also targeted in 2014 after Louis Vuitton. The gang have not been linked to any of the other raids.