Robbery gang jailed over heists
Members of a robbery gang who posed as firefighters to gain their victims' trust have been sentenced.
The gang, which included a former police officer, stole thousands of pounds when they robbed shops, banks and other businesses in 2010.
The Old Bailey heard that heists involved gang members posing as firefighters and pretending to check businesses alarm systems.
Darren Lloyd, 36, is already serving 18 years for his part in the robberies.
He recruited firefighter Russell Williams, 39, to supply real firefighter uniforms.
The kit was worn by Gary Griffiths, who had previously worked for the Metropolitan Police for 17 years, and Frankie Nesbit.
The court heard that a number of the heists involved wrestling cash boxes away from security guards. They then used imitation guns to threaten their victims and used stolen vehicles with fake registration plates.
In mitigation the court heard that no serious violence was involved and fake guns were used in the robberies.
All the men were given credit for early guilty pleas.
The jailed men were:
- Griffiths, 42, of Babbington Road, Dagenham, who was jailed for five years for five counts of conspiracy to rob and six of having an imitation firearm
- Ben Garforth, 20, of Chadwell Heath Lane, Dagenham, who received six years for five counts of conspiracy to rob
- Peter Henderson, 29, of Lymington Road, Dagenham, was jailed for two years for four counts of conspiracy to rob
- Joshua McEvilley, 29, of Hare Hall Lane, Romford, was imprisoned for three years for four counts of conspiracy to rob
- Nesbitt, 20, of Mildmay Road, Romford, received eight years for three counts of conspiracy to rob and one of having an imitation firearm
- Jason Stacey, 38, of Chitty's Lane, Dagenham, was given eight years for seven counts of conspiracy to rob and three of having an imitation firearm
- Williams, 39, of Bury Green Road, Cheshunt, previously admitted assisting an offender and will be sentenced at a later date.