‘Easy Cash Gang’ ringleader jailed for 12 years for terrifying heists
7th March 2019

Ringleader of moped-riding ‘Easy Cash Gang’ is jailed for 12 years for masterminding terrifying smash-and-grab heists at Boodle and Yves Saint Laurent luxury stores

  • Miguel St Martin, 21, was jailed for 12 years for raids on high end London stores
  • The leader of Easy Cash Gang described as mastermind behind moped gang
  • A Bulgarian national was stabbed in one daring raid on Boodles in London 

The leader of an infamous gang of moped robbers dubbed the ‘Easy Cash Gang’ has been jailed for 12 years for a series of terrifying smash-and-grab raids.

Miguel St Martin, 21, was jailed alongside accomplices Alfie Warry, also 21, and Harry Doyle, 18, after they attacked high-end jewellery and clothing shops in a two-month reign of terror in central London last year.

Shocking footage showed the robbers trying to ram a Land Rover into the front of Boodles jewellery store in Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, armed with axes, samurai swords and sledgehammers on March 26.

St Martin, Doyle and four others fled empty handed after they set off a burglar alarm which emits a smoke cloud.

One month later St Martin and Warry, broke into the Yves Saint Laurent shop on Sloane Street, and stole £100,000 worth of handbags before speeding off on mopeds.

Petar Dimov, a 48-year-old builder, working at a site opposite Boodles, was slashed across the knees with an axe and stabbed in the back after he ran across the road to intervene.

Miguel St Martin, 21 of Kings Cross pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery

Mr Dimov moved to Britain from Bulgaria 15 years ago and saw the gang ‘slowly’ approach the shop on mopeds with covered number plates, before the Land Rover ploughed into the building on a busy Monday morning.

He grappled with one gang member before the others piled in, slashing him with a sword and an axe.

Mr Dimov was left with a permanent limp and a lung infection, Blackfriars Crown Court was told. 

CCTV footage identified St Martin, 22-year-old Reece Salmon, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old.

Recovered mobile phone footage showed the suspects stealing a moped in broad daylight and threatening a security guard with a large zombie knife.

St Martin, Doyle, 18-year-old Henry Histon, a 16-year-old boy and two other as yet unidentified people, tried to rob Boodles jewellery store armed with weapons including axes and samurai swords, the court heard.



Two of St Martin’s accomplices admitted to conspiracy to commit robbery (Reece Salmon, centre and Harry Doyle right) while a third man (Alfie Warry, left) was found guilty of the same offence over raids in London

This CCTV footage shows the moment a moped gang used a stolen car to attempt to smash into the luxury jewellery store Boodles

The gang rammed a stolen car into a luxury jewellery store before stabbing a have-a-go hero who tried to stop them

Miguel St Martin was the ‘mastermind’ behind the raids which took place at Boodles on March 26 last year

Pictured: Terrified staff fleeing as the car crashes into the Boodles jewellery store

Footage from inside Boodles shows shoppers flee in panic as the car crashes into the side 

One month later St Martin, described as the gang’s ‘mastermind’, targeted the Yves Saint Laurent shop in Sloane Street along with Warry, Histon, and an unidentified fourth person.

Later the same day officers tracked St Martin to a hotel in Kings Cross, where he was arrested on suspicion conspiracy to commit robbery.

In his room a ‘zombie’ Knife, four stolen mobile phones, and two Saint Laurent handbags worth a total of £10,000 were seized.

The discovery of the handbags led officers to investigate the Saint Laurent burglary.

Jailing St Martin for 12 years judge Ian Darling said: ‘The gang’s name, however it came about, could not be more apt.

‘It has achieved significantly easy cash with the greatest of ease.

‘Had Boodles been successful one could only speculate of its gains.

‘I am satisfied that that without any doubt in essence you are not a bad person.

‘You are someone who allowed himself for whatever reason to get an undeservedly comfortable path and today you have to face the consequences.

They stripped the Yves Saint Laurent store of about £85,000 of handbags

CCTV from inside the store shows the gang looting Yves Saint Laurent in London’s West End


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‘But I recognise that you are still a young man, a very young man.

‘You may be the oldest of this bunch but you are still a young man,’ he added.

‘All of that leaves me with some optimism that you may yet turn your life around.’

St Martin had to be handcuffed to a guard in the dock for the safety of court staff, after he lashed out in the cells when he was earlier convicted.

He didn’t react to his sentencing but his supporters wept in the public gallery.

Michael Shaw, prosecuting, said: ‘Mr St Miguel is to be sentenced today for his part for what I am going to call the garage conspiracy – a conspiracy to rob members on the public between 17 August 2017 and 18 February 2018.

‘He also falls to sentenced for his conviction for an offence a conspiracy I will refer to as the Boodles Job.

‘He also falls to be convicted for a conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary at the premises of Yves Saint Laurent.’

‘Part of the modus operandi of the gangs was played on mobile phone footage.

‘There were witnesses of a robbery of a moped who filmed it on their phones,’ he added.’

Mr Shaw said: ‘We say that Mr St Martin played a leading role in those three conspiracies.

‘He was the eldest, he played an organisational, leading role in those conspiracies.’

St Martin, from Kings Cross, admitted conspiracy to commit robbery – relating to the Camden, Islington, Westminster, and City of London incidents – and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary at Saint Laurent.

He was found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery at Boodles jewellery store after a trial at Blackfriars Crown Court.

St Martin was sentenced to 12 years for conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary, eight years and 10 months for aggravated burglary, four years for conspiracy to rob and two years each for the street robberies, to be served concurrently.

Pictured: One of the swords used during the attack on the Boodles store last year

Pictured: An axe taken to the scene of the Boodles raid in Sloane Street in Knightsbridge

 A helmet and axe which were used in the raid on the jewellery store in west London

He was also ordered to pay £170 victim surcharge 

Detective Sergeant Danny Watts of Operation Vocare said: ‘These gang members were big operators in north and central London.

‘However, we secured a number of significant convictions and sentences against them and they have been taken off the streets.’

Henry Histon previously admitted his involvement in the Boodles and Yves Saint Laurent raids

Detective Constable Phelim Redmond, of the Flying Squad, said: ‘This was a brazen attempt to rob Boodles jewellery store and a cowardly, vicious attack on an unarmed member of the public who bravely intervened.’

Three teenagers, two aged 17 and one aged 16, admitted conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary. 

Warry, from Camden, was convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary at Saint Laurent.

Doyle, of Islington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery at Boodles jewellery store. He was also found guilty of grievous bodily harm in relation to the assault of Mr Dimov.

Salmon, of Islington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery relating to the Camden, Islington, Westminster, and City of London incidents.

He was accused of conspiracy to commit robbery at Boodles jewellery store but was found not guilty by the jury.

Histon, of Camden, previously admitted his involvement in the Boodles and Yves Saint Laurent raids.

The sentencing of other gang members continues.

 

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