Bromley robber jailed for 11 years after gang targeted cash in transit deliveries
PUBLISHED: 16:33 05 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:14 07 June 2013
A Bromley man has been jailed for 11 years after a gang armed with sledgehammers stole more than £339,000 from cash in transit deliveries over two years.
Kevin Seefah, 24, of Ravensbourne Avenue, Bromley pleaded guilty to robbery at Inner London Crown Court on Monday of last week.
Five other members of the gang were also sentenced on robbery charges, with the judge handing out a total of 84 years in prison sentences.
The Met’s Flying Squad led an operation after a series of violent robberies by an armed gang targeting cash-in-transit deliveries at banks, shops and petrol stations across south London.
In June 2011, five of the gang were arrested after robbing a bank in Oxted, Surrey. They made off with £20,000 in cash after four of them stormed the bank, smashing through the front windows and attacking guards with hammers.
The investigation linked the men to eight other robberies beginning in 2009, including the robbery of a Petts Wood bank in November 2010 where a guard was left seriously injured after being repeatedly hit in the head by a hammer.
A month later they targeted a Chislehurst bank, escaping with £31,000 after attacking two guards.
Det Ch Insp Paul Johnson, of the Flying Squad, said: “This was a highly organised gang, who planned their robberies with a sophisticated level of detail carrying out very thorough surveillance.
“As part of their robberies they showed a brutal level of violence, attacking the guards with hammers, sledgehammers and knives.
“I would like to thank those guards who bravely recalled the violence they suffered as they gave evidence.
“This was an excellent result for the Flying Squad, who put the pieces of this investigation together, whose work has resulted in this gang being sentenced to 85 years in prison.”