Detectives investigating criminal raids linked to Barnet and Westminster have arrested four people.
Nearly 50 officers knocked on five addresses in the early hours of this morning (May 5) recovering clothing, cellphones and Class A and B drugs.
The raids were part of an ongoing investigation into an organized crime gang believed to have been involved in two serious incidents in the capital.
The first was in Regent Street, central London, when, in the early hours of January 5 this year, a clothing store was destroyed with sledgehammers.
The second was the theft of a security vehicle containing cash at Cricklewood Broadway on February 7.
The Metropolitan Police say that in both incidents a BMW was used as an evacuation vehicle. In Cricklewood, the BMW was stopped by a member of the public who ran over them.
The BMW allegedly used in both offenses was stored briefly in the St John’s Wood area before being moved several times.
Each time he was moved, he was fitted with a new set of cloned license plates in an effort to evade the police.
The arrests made by the police were:
- A 39-year-old man has been arrested in Delancey Street, Camden on suspicion of conspiracy to commit theft and burglary.
- A 28-year-old woman has been arrested in Delancey Street, Camden on suspicion of conspiracy to conceal/conceal criminal property.
- A 44-year-old man has been arrested in North Gower Street, Camden on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.
- A 33-year-old man has been arrested in Westbourne Park Road in Kensington and Chelsea on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.
They were taken to central London police stations where they remained this afternoon.
Detective Sergeant Vanessa Calafat, of the Met’s Flying Squad, said: ‘Today’s arrests are the result of a complex investigation by a team of officers who diligently went through hours of CCTV and made countless calls and inquiries.
“Identifying and apprehending organized criminals and preventing them from carrying out their illicit activities within our communities remains our primary objective.”
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This notice was published: 2022-05-05 18:11:08