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Man jailed for clothes store raid

£20,000 worth of designer items stolen in just 30 seconds during knifepoint robbery at clothes shop in Upper Street

26 January, 2018

Shahruk Sheraji threatened the shop manager with a knife whilst his accomplices stole clothes

A MAN has been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to a knifepoint robbery at a designer clothes shop.

Shahruk Sheraji, 22, was arrested after helping to steal £20,000 worth of designer items in just 30 seconds.

He was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Monday.

Four mopeds with passengers on the back had mounted the kerb in Upper Street outside the clothing store last November.

Sheraji approached the shop counter with a hunting knife about 30cm in length and threatened the manager behind the till whilst accomplices stole clothes. They made off on mopeds without registration plates.

CCTV footage showed Sheraji dropping the black knife sheaf upon entering the store. His DNA was later found on it. He was arrested 10 days later in possession of dozens of mobile phones.

Detective Constable Steffan Evans, of Camden and Islington CID, said: “This planned attack at the shop left those who witnessed it feeling terrorised. The public should feel reassured that we are working to make the streets of London safer.”


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