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Jailed: Bible-stealing moped thugs from Sutton and Rush Green who targeted elderly in Bromley and south west London

PUBLISHED: 08:26 06 August 2018

(Left) Karim Hussain and (right) Mikelle Alexander. Photo: Met Police

(Left) Karim Hussain and (right) Mikelle Alexander. Photo: Met Police

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Two moped robbers who targeted from elderly residents across Bromley and parts of south west London have been jailed for a combined total of 32 years.

Karim Hussain, 20 of Rose Glen, Rush Green was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for 11 offences of robbery, theft from a motor vehicle and fraud by false representation.

Mikelle Alexander, 21 of Brighton Road, Sutton was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment for 22 offences, including robbery, attempted robbery, theft and theft of a motor vehicle.

The men were sentened at Croydon Crown Court on Friday, 3 August having been found guilty on 29 June at the same court following a 19-day trial.

The pair embarked on a spate of robberies, both together and seperately, between September and December last year.

Riding stolen mopeds they targeted elderly Asian victims were often targeted for their gold jewellery.

Alexander robbed and stabbed a man in his 50s in an attack on Majestic Way, in Mitcham, November 19 at around 4.40pm.

The 21-year-old drove into the man on his moped, knocking him to the ground before punching and kicking him and then stabbing him with a knife.

He then tore the man’s bag from his clutches, which contained only a bible.

The victim has since recovered from his injuries.

On November 10, Hussain and Alexander targeted three lone females in a spate of robberies on Kingswood Road, Bromley; St John’s Road, Croydon and Dennett Road, Croydon.

Each were pulled to the ground, sustaining fractures and internal injuries whilst their belongings were stolen.

Officers

Detectives from the Met’s Operation Venice Investigation Team, which tackles scooter-enabled crime, launched an investigation.

Hussain’s ring was recovered from the scene after the victim grabbed hold of it following the robbery of a woman on September 28 in Croydon.

It was forensically tested and DNA from the item matched Hussain, which led to him being arrested and charged on December .

Alexander was arrested on 11 December then released under investigation.

Officers continued to piece together mobile telephone evidence, CCTV footage and witness accounts linking both Hussain and Alexander to the crimes.

Alexander was subsequently re-arrested on 31 January and charged.

Hussain was further charged with additional offences.

Detective Inspector Steve Brownlee, from the Met’s Operation Venice Investigation Team, said: “This was a protracted and robust investigation which has seen two more prolific offenders convicted of a series of violent crimes.”

Barrister Nicholas Cooper, prosecuting on behalf of the Crown, said: “These offenders attacked vulnerable people - often women – and left their victims afraid to be in the neighbourhoods they had lived in for years. They hunted people down and made a sport of it.

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