Five men jailed for total of 31 years for cash in transit robbery
PUBLISHED: 14:49 12 December 2011 | UPDATED: 15:06 12 December 2011
Five men have been sentenced to a total of 31 years in connection with violent cash in transit robbery at a Thamesmead KFC restaurant.
Christopher Christou, 26, of Bolton House, Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment last Friday (9) at the Old Bailey, for one count of conspiracy to robbery, after a six week police surveillance during operation in May and June this year.
The operation culminated on June 27 when Christou, along with Anthony Thomas, Charles Godbolt and Mark Bishop, used a stolen Range Rover to drive at a cash in transit worker and steal £8,700 in cash at a KFC in Twin Tumps Way, Thamesmead.
They were arrested nearby that day by armed Flying Squad officers.
Detective Chief Inspector, Paul Johnson, said: “This operation involved painstaking research and excellent surveillance work on this group. This resulted in the successful prosecutions of the individuals involved who were particularly dangerous and posed a significant threat to public safety in the course of their criminal activities.
“This operation has had a significant and long lasting impact on the number of cash in transit robberies in this area of London.”
The driver of the group, Danny Crawley, 33, of Woolf Close, Thamesmead, the driver of the group, was sentenced to five years imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to rob between May 11 and June 27 this year.
Mark Bishop, 32, of Bostall Hill, Abbey Wood, was sentenced to six years imprisonment, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery, and a further one year to run consecutively for an aggravated taking and driving away a car (TDA), unrelated to the robbery.
Anthony Thomas, 48, of Kingsman Street, Woolwich, pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and was sentenced to six years.
Charles Godbolt, 30, of, Marine Drive, Woolwich, was sentenced to six years imprisonment, and a further one year to run consecutively for Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) unrelated to the robbery.