Gang of masked robbers are jailed for total of 32 years

Gang of masked robbers are jailed for total of 32 years for terrorising betting and corner shop staff with knives, axes and a Taser in six-month spree

  • Justin Stockbridge, Jamie Owen, Paul Evans and Richard Mazzuccato guilty
  • The gang armed themselves with knives, axes, and a Taser for multiple hits
  • They targeted businesses and taxi drivers across London and the south of UK
  • Group sentenced to a combined 32 years behind bars at Isleworth Crown Court

Justin Stockbridge (pictured) was found guilty of robbery and jailed for seven years

A gang of ruthless robbers who terrorised betting shops and taxi drivers across the southeast for a period of six months have been jailed for a combined 32 years. 

Justin Stockbridge, 45, Jamie Owen, 32, Paul Evans, 27, and Richard Mazzuccato, 34, armed themselves with knives, axes and a Taser as they targeted various businesses across London, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Surrey.

Between October 6, 2018, and March 18, 2019, they covered their faces with masks before threatening shop owners and making away with the contents of their tills.   

Stockbridge was caught on CCTV threatening a betting shop cashier with a knife on High Road, Chesham, just two days after Christmas in 2018.

The clip shows the raider, who has a distinctive tattoo on his forearm, jabbing at a plucky female worker with a blade as she bravely tries to fight him off.

Stockbridge was caught on CCTV (pictured) threatening a betting shop cashier with a knife on High Road, Chesham, just two days after Christmas in 2018

Flying Squad detectives arrested Stockbridge on April 4 last year when they saw him driving a van outside a corner shop in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire, and noticed an identical tattoo on his right arm.

Evans was identified as a suspect in the earlier robberies by Hertfordshire Police and later arrested.

Stockbridge was also linked to other raids including a convenience shop in Penn, Buckinghamshire, on March 18 last year.


Jamie Owen (left), 32, Paul Evans, 27, and Richard Mazzuccato (right), 34, armed themselves with knives, axes and a Taser as they targeted various businesses across the south of the UK

Mazzuccato claimed to have a £100-a-day cocaine habit after his arrest.

Owen and Evans targeted a taxi driver in Watford on October 6, 2018, a jury at Isleworth Crown Court heard.

When the driver refused to hand over any cash the pair assaulted him. Owen then used a Taser before threatening to stab the victim. The pair made off with £80 and got into a vehicle parked nearby.

The clip shows the raider, who had a distinctive tattoo on his forearm, jabbing at the plucky female worker with a blade as she bravely tries to fight him off 

The thieves robbed other taxi drivers of their cash, cards and phones at knife point, holding a blade of the throat of one of the drivers.

What robberies were the gang convicted off during their six-month crime spree? 

6 October 2018: Robbery of a taxi driver in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire

7 October 2018: Robbery of a taxi driver in Sarratt, Hertfordshire 

26 October 2018: Robbery of a taxi driver in Egham, Surrey 

3 November 2018: Robbery of a convenience store in Croxley Green, Hertfordshire

27 December 2018: Robbery of a betting shop in Chesham, Buckinghamshire 

15 February 2019: Robbery of a betting shop in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire

18 February 2019: Robbery of a betting shop in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

23 February 2019: Robbery of a convenience store in Woburn Green, Buckinghamshire

18 March 2019: Robbery of a convenience store in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Stockbridge, from Rickmansworth, was found guilty of robbery and jailed for seven years.

Owen, from Chipperfield, Hertfordshire, was convicted of three counts of robbery and one count of possession of a Taser in a robbery. He was sentenced to 14 years.

Evans, of no fixed address, admitted three counts of robbery before being jailed for 11 years and one month.

Mazzuccato, from Rickmansworth, admitted four counts of robbery and will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on April 28.

Detective Sergeant Tim Fines, from Flying Squad, said: ‘I have no doubt that these suspects would have continued committing this horrific spate of robberies if they had not been identified and arrested.

‘All of the robberies were terrifying ordeals for the victims – thankfully none of them suffered serious injuries during the attacks.

‘These suspects were not afraid to use violence, often just for small amounts of cash.

‘I am pleased that the jury agreed with the overwhelming evidence we built against the suspects and chose to convict them.

‘I hope the sentences handed down will act as a deterrent to those thinking of carrying out such violent crimes.

‘I would like to thank our colleagues from Hertfordshire, Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley constabularies for their contribution to this investigation and continued assistance throughout the trial.’ 

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