Crooks posed as cops
A PAIR of thieves who carried out a �5million robbery by posing as policemen have been jailed for a total of 53 years. Blackfriars Crown Court heard Terry Ellis, of New Priory Court, Mazenod Avenue, Kilburn, and Denis Carr from Enfield, Middlesex, joined
A PAIR of thieves who carried out a �5million robbery by posing as policemen have been jailed for a total of 53 years.
Blackfriars Crown Court heard Terry Ellis, of New Priory Court, Mazenod Avenue, Kilburn, and Denis Carr from Enfield, Middlesex, joined three men to gain entry into a telecommunications company called Verizon in King's Cross in December 2007.
Using the company's intercom system the five 'officers' claimed they had received a report of intruders on the roof of the premises.
Once inside they handcuffed the building's security staff allowing four 'plain clothes' accomplices to pour into the building and ransack more than 100 rooms.
The gang escaped with �5m of communications equipment placed into large laundry bags.
Carr was identified as being part of the gang following his arrest during another burglary in January 2007, and Ellis was apprehended in September 2008.
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Last week, Ellis was sentenced to nine years for the Verizon robbery and a further eight years for a robbery that occurred in 2008 where he tried to rob money and drugs in Benton Court, St John's Wood, again under the guise of being a police officer.
In the same year he donned his fake uniform again to rob a store in King's Cross of mobile phones and a laptop for which he received a further nine years in jail.
Ellis, who is already in jail for seven-and-a-half-years for a drug offence, will serve all his sentences concurrently.
Carr received ten years for the Verizon robbery, nine years for the same St John's Wood robbery that Ellis took part in, and eight years for an aggravated burglary in Croydon, which took place in January 2008 in Croydon.
He will serve his sentences concurrently.
Acting Detective Inspector Raj Mahajan said: "These two men were the lynchpins in the organisation of these robberies. They used police uniform to con their way into the building, in the process putting the victims they deceived through a very traumatic experience.
"The sentences they have received are a clear indication of the seriousness of the offences they committed and should act as a deterrent to anyone else considering a similar type of venture."
The hunt is still on for the remaining perpetrators.