Greenwich man jailed for cash in transit robbery
A Greenwich man has been jailed at the Old Bailey for eight years after being convicted of a robbery in Thamesmead.
Christopher Christou, 26, of Bolton House in Trafalgar Road, was put under surveillance by the Met Police's Flying Squad for six weeks in May and June and was found to be monitoring cash in transit deliveries in preparation for the robbery.
He was suspected of being part of a gang who robbed cash in transit workers in Greenwich and Bexley earlier this year, and police said Christou was a pivotal figure in planning the offences.
The operation culminated on June 27 when Christou, Anthony Thomas, Charles Godbolt and Mark Bishop - committed a cash in transit robbery at a KFC restaurant on Twin Tumps Way, Thamesmead.
They used a stolen Range Rover to drive at a cash in transit worker and steal £8,700 in cash. The men were arrested nearby by armed Flying Squad officers.
Another man, Danny Crawley, was arrested later as a result of evidence gathered earlier in the operation that indicated he had been involved in the planning and preparation of robbery offences as a driver for the group.
Thomas, 48, of Kingsman Street, Woolwich, Godbolt, 30, of Wordsworth House in Woolwich, and Bishop, 32, of Abbey Wood were jailed for six years each. Crawley, 33, of Thamesmead, was given a five year sentence.
DCI Paul Johnson of the Tower Bridge Flying Squad said: "This operation involved painstaking research and excellent surveillance work on this group. This resulted in the successful prosecutions of the individuals involved who were particularly dangerous and posed a significant threat to public safety in the course of their criminal activities.
"This operation has had a significant and long lasting impact on the number of cash in transit robberies in this area of London."