Shocking moment of masked criminal robs Betfred at knife point as gang is jailed for a total of 40 years
A gang of ruthless robbers who terrorized gambling and convenience stores in the Southeast have been sentenced to 40 years in total.
Justin Stockbridge, 45, Jamie Owen, 32, Paul Evans, 27, and Richard Mazzuccato, 34, armed with knives, axes, a Taser and face masks while raiding several businesses in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Surrey.
Friday, Rickmansworth’s Mazzuccato will be the last gang member sentenced to eight years at Isleworth Crown Court.
The punishment comes after the Metropolitan Police released CCTV footage of Stockbridge, from Rickmansworth, threatening a cashier with a knife at a gambling shop, believed to be Betfred, in Chesham on December 27, 2018.
One of Rickmansworth’s gang members Justin Stockbridge was caught under video surveillance and threatened a cashier with a knife at a gambling shop in Chesham on December 27, 2018
The gang member (photo is Justin Stockbridge) was found guilty of a robbery at Isleworth Crown Court and sentenced to seven years in prison.
The clip showed the raider, who had a signature tattoo on his forearm, leaned over the register and waved a knife to a staff member.
Then he made piercing movements at the female worker, who tried to fight him before he went out with the money.
Flying Squad detectives arrested Stockbridge on April 4 last year when they saw him driving a van outside a corner ship in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, and found he had an identical tattoo on his right arm.
Stockbridge was later convicted of theft at Isleworth Crown Court and sentenced to seven years in prison.
He was also linked to other raids, including a convenience store in Penn, Buckinghamshire, on March 18 last year.
The gang, which also targeted taxi drivers, carried out the wave of armed robbery at betting shops, convenience stores between October 6, 2018 and March 18, 2019.
Evans was identified as a suspect by the Hertfordshire police in the earlier robberies and later arrested.
He was in no doubt after his arrest, while Mazzuccato claimed to have a habit of £ 100 a day
Owen and Evans had attacked a taxi driver on King Street, Watford on October 6, 2018, at Isleworth Crown Court.
When the driver refused to hand over money, the couple attacked him and Owen used a Taser before threatening to stab the victim. The pair left with £ 80 and got into a nearby vehicle.
Police noted that Stockbridge (left and right during robbery) had a striking tattoo on his forearm
Jamie Owen (left), 32, Richard Mazzuccato (right), 34, and Paul Evans, 27, were among members targeting various companies
The thieves also robbed taxi drivers of their money, cards and telephones at the tip of the knife, while holding a knife to the throat of one of the drivers.
Owen, of Chipperfield, Hertfordshire, was convicted of three counts of theft and one possession of a Taser in a robbery and sentenced to 14 years.
Evans, who had no permanent address, admitted three robberies and was sentenced to 11 years and a month in prison.
Mazzuccato, from Rickmansworth, admitted four robberies and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Flying Squad Detective Sergeant Tim Fines said, “I have no doubt these suspects would have committed this horrific wave of robberies had they not been identified and arrested.
Stockbridge made jerky moves to the cashier as he tried to get the money in 2018
“All the robberies were frightening trials for the victims – fortunately none of them suffered serious injuries during the attacks.
“These suspects were not afraid to use force, often only for small amounts.
“I am pleased that the jury agreed with the overwhelming evidence that we have built up against the suspects and have chosen to convict them.
“I hope that the sentences handed down will act as a deterrent to those thinking about committing such acts of violence.
“I would like to thank our colleagues from the police officers Hertfordshire, Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley for their contribution to this investigation and continued assistance throughout the process.