Twenty-two-year old Liam McCaffrey has been sentenced to ten years in jail for a string of robberies committed over a period of ten days earlier this year
McCaffrey was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court last month for the robberies committed when he was released from prison on licence. He had been serving sentences for various offences including burglary. He had previously pleaded guilty to four offences of robbery and two offences of attempted robbery at an earlier hearing at the same court.
On 24 April, four days after he had been released, McCaffrey went into a bank in Stratford. He wore a dark flat cap and sunglasses and approached the counter.
He passed a demand note to the cashier, which contained the words ‘gun’ and ‘money’. The cashier realised this was a robbery and handed McCaffrey £3500. McCaffrey made off, but CCTV captured him at the bank wearing the cap and sunglasses.
Six days later entered another Stratford building society at The Grove, wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses.
He handed a demand note and blue plastic bag to the cashier.
The note read “I’ve got a gun hand over the money and everything will be ok”.
However, the cashier activated the bandit screen and McCaffrey made off empty handed, but he left fingerprints at the scene which were later matched to him.
He went on to make four more robberies across north and east London up until 4 June, getting £665, £180 and £484, with another cashier avoiding handing over money when she hit the panic button. McCaffrey was arrested on 9 June on the Caledonian Road N1. A Detective Sergeant from Islington borough spotted McCaffrey walking along the road.
He recognised him and knew that he was wanted for recall to prison and was aware that he was also believed to be connected to a series of robberies.
The officer stopped Mc- Caffrey and arrested him. Whilst in custody McCaffrey, when asked if he was employed, replied, “I commit crime” Detective Constable Ricardo Vieira of the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “McCaffrey went on a crime spree, abusing the trust of his early release from prison. He put innocent people in fear of violence and carried out the six crimes in the space of six weeks.
Thankfully he was stopped due to the vigilance of an officer and he will now have the face the consequences of his actions.”