Robbers who stormed into south London pawnbrokers with imitation gun jailed

PUBLISHED: 15:24 18 July 2016 | UPDATED: 13:06 09 June 2020

Madelo Payi

Madelo Payi


Both men were sentenced on Friday, July 15

Daniel CampbellDaniel Campbell

A Sydenham man is one of two robbers to be jailed after trying to steal £15,000 from a pawnbrokers earlier this year.

Madelo Payi, 23, of Sydenham and 22-year-old Daniel Campbell of Yarnfield Square in Peckham, were both jailed last week.

At around 8.50am on Monday, March 7, the robbers were spotted acting suspiciously by an off-duty police officer in Craignish Avenue, Norbury.

Both were wearing gloves with their hoods up, and the officer saw them double back on themselves before getting into a car.

They then turned the Vauxhall Astra and got back out.

The officer asked for a check to be made on the vehicle which revealed it may have had fake license plate.

As a member of staff arrived at Cash Exchange to open up for the day, he felt a barge against the door.

After a struggle, Payi managed to get past him into the shop.

Campbell joined the 23-year-old and pointed an imitation gun inside a sock at the victim, ordering him to open the store’s safe.

The victim then handed over around £15,000 in cash and foreign currency, plus around six trays of jewellery.

The workers’ mobile phones were also stolen and both men threatened to shoot their victims.

Payi then moved both members of staff to the toilet at the back of the shop and told them to wait before the suspects made their escape.

Police were already outside inspecting the Astra when Payi and Campbell spotted them.

Both men began to run away, before Campbell was caught and Payi was arrested after jumping into some nearby bushes.

The fake gun was found inside the bushes.

Last week, Payi was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery plus possession of an imitation firearm with intent.

Campbell, also admitted the shop robbery plus a separate count of robbing a staff member of their mobile and was jailed for six years.

Det const Lee Warrington, said: “This incident was clearly terrifying for the staff at the pawnbrokers who had no idea the gun being pointed at them was imitation and in fact couldn’t be fired.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the excellent detection work carried out by the off-duty officer who realised something was amiss that day and the police constables who bravely tackled the robbers and were successful in detaining them.” 



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