Gang jailed for £400k burglary spree across north west London

PUBLISHED: 13:48 16 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:35 16 April 2013

This photo of Mark Laidlaw is believed to have been taken shortly after he committed one of the burglaries

This photo of Mark Laidlaw is believed to have been taken shortly after he committed one of the burglaries


Crooks struck in Willesden, Cricklewood, Borehamwood, Highgate, Golders Green, Enfield and Hampstead in just one month

Addresses targeted by the gang

August 8 -Theobold Road, Borehamwood

August 11 – Hampstead Way, Golders Green

August 11 - Fursehill Road, Borehamwood

August 12 - Ranulf Road, Cricklewood

August 18 - Lanchester Road, Highgate

August 25 - Deacons Rise, Hampstead

August 27 - High Road, Willesden

August 30 - Gallants Farm Road, Enfield

August 30 - Selsdon Road, Neasden

August 30 - Brondesbury Park, Brondesbury

August 30 – Bishops Avenue, Hampstead

Six men have been jailed for a total of 54-and-a half years yesterday for carrying out a string of burglaries in one month netting them more than £400,000 worth of cash and goods.

The gang struck at locations in Willesden, Cricklewood, Borehamwood, Highgate, Golders Green, Enfield and Hampstead during August last year.

Wood Green Court heard the gang stole two black Mercedes cars, cash, jewellery and electronic goods between August 8 and 30.

During one break in the prestigious Bishops Avenue in Hampstead, the occupants were threatened with knives in front of their children and in another incident, also in Hampstead, three men brandishing a screwdriver and crowbars forced their way in to a house but were fought off by the occupier and his two sons.

The trio sustained injuries and fled leaving their tools and compelling DNA evidence.

In another break-in at a shop in Willesden a cash box containing £20,000 was stolen but the thieves were unaware the notes had been dyed with identifiable ink.

Working on intelligence police arrested Michael Mulcare, 23 of Clitterhouse Rd, Cricklewood, Mark Laidlaw, 21, of no fixed address, Jordan Nothover, 19, from Finsbury Park, and 24-year-old Jason Reilly, 24, of no fixed address, at an Hotel in Hanger Lane, Alperton, on August 31.

Mulcare was on the run after absconding from court while waiting to be sentenced to a prior burglary.

His DNA was found on the screwdriver left behind in Hampstead.

In Laidlaw’s room police found jewellery and cash which had been taken from a burglary in Bishops Avenue, Hampstead, and various amounts of foreign currency from Nigeria, Iran and the U.S.

He committed his crimes while he was wanted on recall back to prison after being released out on licence for an earlier aggravated burglary offence.

His 49-year-old mother Karen Gordon, of Prayle Grove, Cricklewood, booked hotels for the gang despite knowing the police were hunting for her son.

She admitted harbouring an escaped prisoner and will be sentenced next week.

During a search of the other hotel rooms a key to a car stolen from another burglary was found which led police to the vehicle in the hotel car park which had been fitted with false plates.

The car was searched and uncovered further loot from two burglaries committed the day before in Neasden and Brondesbury.

Kyle Ettienne, 21, of no fixed address, was arrested on September 4 and was found in possession of a key to a black Audi which had been stolen in an earlier burglary.

Officers found £3,500 of dyed notes at his girlfriend’s house.

Mark Okeneme, 26, from Edmonton, was also arrested in connection with the burglaries.

All, except Laidlaw, pleaded guilty to a variety of offences including possession with intent to supply controlled drugs, handling stolen goods, harbouring an escaped prisoner, conspiracy to burgle, aggravated burglary and robbery.

DC Nick Harvey from Barnet CID said “These men were a team of professional burglars who carefully targeted their victims for jewellery and vehicles and some of them were not afraid to use or threaten violence against people in their own home.

“Not only do the victims have to live with the violation associated with burglary and the loss of sentimental property, some have to live with the memories of being confronted in their own homes by men armed with weapons.

“Thankfully their crime spree has been brought to an end and they now face a considerable term in prison.”

Click on picture gallery at the top right to see the defendants photos and their sentences.

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