Teenage members of a sledgehammer-wielding smash-and-grab gang which targeted jewellers at prestigious London hotels have been jailed.
Skye Roberts, 19, and Fred Gosling, 18, both from Camden, were given six and 10-year sentences respectively after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery between June 9 and July 11 2014.
They were part of a gang which targeted the The Dorchester Hotel, in Mayfair, and Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Cadogan Place, Belgravia, last year.
Other members 18-year-old Hermon Yemane, from Islington, and a 17-year-old - who cannot be named for legal reasons - were sentenced to four-and-a-half years and six years respectively for the attempted robbery of Rankins Jewellers in east London.
All four had been found guilty on May 7 following a trial at Kingston Crown.
Adel Soufie, 18 and from Islington, was sentenced to three years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit robbery on July 23 last year. He, along with the 17-year-old, Yemane and Gosling had all previously pleaded guilty to that charge.
The gang first struck at 1.34am on June 10, when three scooters - each with pillion passengers - pulled up outside The Dorchester. The passengers ran into the hotel carrying sledgehammers and smashed open display cases containing jewellery, grabbing a haul worth almost £120,000.
The waiting mopeds were disturbed by police, but managed to pick up the raiders and speed away.
As the six men made their way at high speed down Piccadilly and along Shaftesbury Avenue one of the scooters was in collision with a woman who was crossing the road at Cambridge Circus. She was knocked unconscious and thrown 10m in the air, but the scooters failed to stop at the scene.
A man, unconnected to the robbery, stole the woman’s handbag and was later jailed, while she made a full recovery.
The gang struck again at 3am on July 7 when the three scooters, again each with a pillion passenger, pulled up outside the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel.
One of the armed robbers then used his sledgehammer to hit the glass door to gain entry. After several attempts the glass gave way and the three were able to run into the hotel, the court heard.
Frightened staff hid while two of the armed men stole three watches worth more than £65,000, before leaving and returning to the waiting scooters.
Again the scooters pulled up and the passengers, carrying sledgehammers and a breeze block, smashed their way in and stole watches and jewellery worth around £150,000.
Detective Constable Martin Lappin, from the Met's Flying Squad, said the offences were well-orchestrated and planned and said the crimes would have continued had they not been caught.
He said: “I am pleased with the sentences that have been handed down as they highlight that armed robberies are not victimless crimes. Innocent people were injured during the gangs spree, one of whom was knocked unconscious and as she simply went about her business that evening.
“These men gave no concern for those they hurt or to those who had to witnesses the traumatic robberies. They caused much fear and alarm and for that today’s convictions are justified.
“These sentences should serve as a warning to others who believe they can get away with committing this type of crime.”