Leader of 1m mobile robbery gang which targeted 50 luxury shops was given motorbike cake for his birthday
Gang targeted boutique belonging to Anya Hindmarch, Chanel store in Bond St and Apple Store in Covent GardenThey armed themselves with sledgehammers and crowbars for some raidsPillion passengers would run into the store and seize valuable items before jumping back onto the bikes and speeding away at up to 100mph
19:41 GMT, 3 December 2012
The leader of a 1million robbery gang was given a birthday cake depicting the scene of one of his ram raids.
Steven Dedman, 20, commanded an army of motorcycle ram raiders who carried out a six-month crime spree targeting nearly 50 of London’s most exclusive stores.
The gang smashed their way into luxury shops across London’s West End, including boutiques belonging to bag designer Anya Hindmarch and Spanish fashion house Loewe.
When police raided Steven Dedman's house house they found a cake depicting the scene of one of his ram raids
Dedman, pictured left, was today found guilty of two counts of robbery and cleared of three. His girlfriend Lizzy Andrews, 19, right, pleaded guilty to her part in the conspiracy before the trial
When police raided Dedman’s found home they discovered the cake decorated with a motorcyclist crafted from icing sugar, surrounded by handbags bearing the Louis Vuitton logo.
The cake was complete with the words ‘Happy Birthday Steven’ around the edge.
Southwark Crown Court heard the gang’s other targets included the flagship Apple Store in Covent Garden, as well as Hush Jewellers and a Dior outlet.
His gang terrorised London between April and October 2011, arriving on stolen high-powered bikes before looting the shops and speeding away at up to 100mph.
They armed themselves with sledgehammers and crowbars for some raids.
They claimed to be carrying knives and one passer-by was warned off with a handgun.
Grant McCarroll, left, and Daniel White, right, at Southwark Crown Court. McCarroll was found guilty of helping Dedman evade capture, while White was cleared of two counts of handling stolen goods
Fellow raiders Reece Jackson, 19, left, and Paul Fearn, 22, right, were also convicted. Fearn was one of six men who raided the Apple store, stealing 37 items totalling 49,893.
Bradley White, 22, left, and Dean Cole, 24, right, pleaded guilty to their part in the conspiracy before the trial
Dedman was today found guilty of two counts of robbery and cleared of three.
He had already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary and admitted he was present at nine smash-and-grab raids last year.
Fellow raiders Reece Jackson, 19, and Paul Fearn, 22, were also convicted alongside Grant McCarroll, 19, who was found guilty of helping Dedman evade capture for two weeks.
A fifth man, Daniel White, 19, was cleared by the jury of two counts of handling stolen goods from Dior and Hush Jewellers.
Dedman’s girlfriend Lizzy Andrews 19, Bradley White, 22, and Dean Cole, 24, pleaded guilty to their part in the conspiracy before the trial.
The gang will be sentenced together on January 11 next year.
Damage: A window at the flagship Apple store was boarded up following the raid last year
Judge Anthony Pitts told them: ‘I am not making any promises whatsoever.
‘I want to find out more about you before deciding what the appropriate sentences will be.’
A total of 46 raids were carried out between April and October last year, with nearly 1m-worth of merchandise stolen.
‘The gang mainly, but not always, stole handbags or computer equipment,’ said prosecutor Tim Clark.
‘Their method, known and “smash and grab”, was dramatic but also amazingly efficient and quick.’
The gang would arrive on the scene on up to four stolen motorbikes with two people on each, often using the bikes to smash stores’ windows.
Mr Clark said: ‘As the riders waited with the engines running on the bikes, with them pointing away from the shop, the pillion passengers would run into the store and seize valuable items before running back and jumping onto the bikes.
Detectives probe the scene outside the Chanel store in Old Bond Street after the raid last year
The gang would arrive on the scene on up to four stolen motorbikes with two people on each, often using the bikes to smash the windows
‘The bikes would then speed away. We have evidence from CCTV, police helicopter footage, and eyewitnesses, that these bikes would travel at very high speeds, up to 100mph, and go through red lights to get away at speed’.
During one robbery at video agency Adjust Your Set, in Charlotte Mews, Soho, on August 22, five raiders on three bikes broke into the shop and one shouted at two security guards: ‘I’ve got a knife, get in the f***ing corner.’
The gang escaped with a computer, a laptop, and three Apple monitors.
When the gang struck at the offices of Overbury, near Tottenham Court Road, they caved in a glass door.
Security guard Rachid Elkhamlichi confronted one of the robbers but he shouted: ‘Stand back, stand back or I’ll do you.’
Fearn was one of six men who raided the Apple store. When he was caught by police he had a bag containing an iPad, pictured, a MacBook Air and two MacBook Pros
Fearn was one of six men who raided the Apple store, stealing 37 items totalling 49,893.
He was caught when officers discovered his abandoned moped outside Wyclif Court, Clerkenwell, central London, and found him hiding inside.
He had a bag containing an iPad, a MacBook Air and two MacBook Pros.
Bradley White and Cole were caught when undercover police rammed into their high-powered bike as they attempted to flee from a raid on Chanel, in Bond Street, and Cole suffered injuries to his leg.
The judge heard Cole may still be unfit to appear in court for sentencing next month, and ordered a medical report to be delivered if he cannot be in the dock.
Police discovered a photo on Andrews’ phone of a person holding a newspaper cutting about the raid at Anya Hindmarch.
Dedman, of Wharton Street, Bloomsbury, central London, denied five counts of robbery and one count of possession of an imitation firearm.
He was convicted of two counts of robbery, but cleared of three and found not guilty of possession of a firearm.
Jackson, of Holly Park Estate, in Finsbury Park, north London, denied one count of robbery but was found guilty by the jury.
Both have already pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary between April 1 and October 11, 2011, and Dedman has admitted conspiracy to possess criminal property.
Fearn, of Turnpike House, Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, denied one count of burglary.
McCarroll, of Drummond Way, Offord Road, Islington, north London, denied doing an act intended to pervert the course of public justice.
Both were found guilty by the jury this afternoon.
Daniel White of Georges Road, Holloway, north London, denied two counts of handling stolen goods.
He walked free from court after being cleared of both charges.
Andrews, of Radnor Street, Clerkenwell, Bradley White of Georges Road, Holloway, and Cole of Georges Road, Holloway, both north London, admitted conspiracy to commit burglary before the trial.
White and Andrews also admitted conspiracy to possess criminal property.