A gang of young people filming themselves in a stolen car asking “who are we going to rob boys today?” have been jailed.
Callum Carr, 22, Jack O’Connor, 18, and Lennon Lowry, 17, took the Nissan X-Trail from a home in Wallasey, Wirral, on August 21 last year at around 5 a.m.
The group, along with Callum Carr’s brother Lewis, filled the vehicle with £ 31 worth of stolen gas and posted stolen license plates before robbing a 16-year-old boy of his phone.
Shortly afterwards, the police were called and officers were able to use one nail ‘stop stick’ to puncture two of Nissan’s tires before ramming off the road.
Callum Carr, 22, (photo) Jack O’Connor, 18, and Lennon Lowry, 17, took the Nissan X-Trail from a home in Wallasey, Wirral, around 5 a.m. on August 21 last year.
Investigators confiscated cell phones from gang members with pictures of them sitting on the roof of the car making hand gestures and smoking.
Callum Carr had originally denied involvement in the robbery, but was caught by a video clip found on his phone.
In the footage, Carr is seen in the front passenger seat with Lowry in latex gloves behind the wheel.
Rap music can be heard over the stereo as O’Connor sits with his hood up and his head against the window.
Two unknown men, who have faded along with Lowry at the request of the police while the investigations continue, are also in the back.
Carr turns to the rest of his group and says, “Who are we going to rob boys today?”
The others laugh and the video ends shortly after.
Three of the gang – Callum Carr, Lewis Carr and O’Connor – were locked up with Lowry this week pending a sentence.
Rap music can be heard over the stereo as O’Connor sits with his hood up and his head against the window. Two unknown men, who have faded along with Lowry at the request of the police while the investigations continue, are also in the back
Speaking of the phone robbery, Gerald Baxter went on to say that one of the passengers asked the victim if he could use his phone and promised he wouldn’t steal it.
The group started to run before they stopped again ask for the password, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
Baxter added that the passenger said in the car “put it in or I’ll stab you” and point his hand in his jacket pocket, as if he had a knife.
The frightened boy struggled to enter his password while the others shouted, “Bring him in the car.”
The incident was reported and police later stopped the vehicle.
Lowry and O’Connor were arrested on the spot.
The Carr brothers fled and hid in the undergrowth until the police dogs tracked.
The police were called shortly after and officers were able to puncture two of Nissan’s tires with a pointed ‘stopstick’ before ramming them off the road (photo)
Callum Carr, of Amelia Close, Islington, alleged that his on-camera comment was about robbing cannabis dealers, but he was found guilty after a trial of burglary, theft, theft, and aggravated car capture.
The judge said he had not regretted the robbery and had a “terrible history of insult.”
The judge imprisoned him for four years and ten months and banned him from driving for 38 months.
He currently has 27 convictions for 40 crimes, dating back to the age of 11, including five theft or attempted theft.
His criminal record also includes racially aggravated threatening behavior, the possession of knives and an imitation gun.
His brother Lewis Carr, of Amelia Close, Islington, who has 10 convictions for 20 crimes, admitted a robbery and increased vehicle carrying and was sentenced to 22 months in a 20-month driving ban for young offenders.
His rap magazine, dating back to the age of 13, includes arson, burglary, theft, and attempted theft, racially aggravated threatening behavior, and possession of a knife.
O’Connor, of Bridge Street, Birkenhead, who has a conviction for possession of cannabis, admitted burglary, theft, departure without payment, and exacerbated vehicle use.
He was found guilty of theft and sentenced to prison two years and eight months imprisonment and a 25-month traffic ban.
Lowry, of Burns Avenue, Wallasey, has admitted burglary, theft, unpaid, theft, and dangerous driving and will be sentenced at a later date.
Recorder Matthew Corbett-Jones said the theft of the car also had a “profound effect” on the user of the vehicle who mourned after their father’s death.
The judge said, “She spoke of her disbelief and the great discomfort she suffered, but that was nothing compared to the emotional suffering of her and her mother.
“Honestly, you should all be ashamed of what you have done to her and her mother because of your terrible and selfish behavior.”