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Moped robbers who snatched phone jailed after police chase

Tommy Rogers, 20, and Alfie Woods, 18, mounted the pavement in Hackney Road, London, and snatched a mobile phone from the hands of a female pedestrian at around 6.30pm on June 21.

The two men endangered members of the public as they rode through east London trying to evade capture (Picture: Met Police)

Two moped robbers who snatched a phone from an ‘unsuspecting’ woman and almost rammed down a member of the public in their attempts to flee from police have been jailed.

Tommy Rogers, 20, and Alfie Woods, 18, mounted the pavement in Hackney Road, London, and stole a mobile phone from the hands of an ‘unsuspecting’ female pedestrian at around 6.30pm on June 21.

Police officers spotted the moped and chased it with lights and sirens on.

In an attempt to escape, Rogers drove the vehicle on the pavement and almost collided with a member of the public.

The hunt came to an end when police made ‘tactical contact’ with the moped.

Rogers was detained and arrested, while Woods made off on foot.

(Picture: Met Police) Two moped robbers who were stopped by officers within minutes of snatching a mobile phone in east London have been jailed. Tommy Rogers, 20 (30.09.98) of Whitmore Estate, Hackney was sentenced to two years? imprisonment for robbery, aggravated vehicle taking, no insurance, dangerous driving and handling stolen goods. He was also disqualified from driving for two years and ten months. Alfie Woods, 18 (22.03.2001) of Thrasher Close, Hackney was sentenced to 16 months? imprisonment for robbery, aggravated vehicle taking, possession of cannabis and handling stolen goods. He was disqualified from driving for 18 months. Both men were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, 12 August after admitting to the offences at the same court on 22 July.

Woods, 18, was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment (Picture: Met Police)

He was located and arrested in Victoria Park after officers found items of clothing he had discarded.

Police inquiries revealed the number plate on the moped had been stolen earlier that day and officers found cannabis when they carried out searches of both suspects.

The woman’s stolen phone was found next to the moped.

Detective Constable Toby Reynolds, from the Operation Venice investigation team, said: ‘These men snatched a phone from an unsuspecting woman, and then endangered members of the public as they rode through east London trying to evade capture.

‘Offenders should know that committing offences on mopeds does not give them an advantage over police, and officers have a number of lawful tactics which they can use to stop perpetrators.

‘The Operation Venice team run regular proactive patrols in moped crime hotspots to identify offenders and protect the public.’

(Picture: Met Police) Two moped robbers who were stopped by officers within minutes of snatching a mobile phone in east London have been jailed. Tommy Rogers, 20 (30.09.98) of Whitmore Estate, Hackney was sentenced to two years? imprisonment for robbery, aggravated vehicle taking, no insurance, dangerous driving and handling stolen goods. He was also disqualified from driving for two years and ten months. Alfie Woods, 18 (22.03.2001) of Thrasher Close, Hackney was sentenced to 16 months? imprisonment for robbery, aggravated vehicle taking, possession of cannabis and handling stolen goods. He was disqualified from driving for 18 months. Both men were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, 12 August after admitting to the offences at the same court on 22 July.

Rogers, 20, was sentenced to two years imprisonment for robbery (Picture: Met Police)

After appearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court, both men were sentenced on Monday 12 August after admitting to the offences at the same court on 22 July.

Rogers, of Whitmore Estate, Hackney, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for robbery, aggravated vehicle taking, no insurance, dangerous driving and handling stolen goods.

In addition, he was disqualified from driving for two years and ten months.

Woods, of Thrasher Close, Hackney, was sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment for robbery, aggravated vehicle taking, possession of cannabis and handling stolen goods.

He was disqualified from driving for 18 months.



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