leci and gjoni
FOR three months, Ylli Leci and Agron Gjoni took part in an orgy of smash-and-grab raids, but instead of the usual window displays or jeweller’s shop case, their gang took entire safes.
Several of the team would keep lookout while a safe was lifted using specialist equipment and loaded into a getaway vehicle.
Police believe the group was responsible for regular burglaries – more than one a week at one point – including one in Hayes, where Leci and Gjoni both lived.
Other raids took place in Harrow, Wealdstone, Shepperton, Guildford, Oxford Street and east London. Leci and three others were arrested during an attempted break-in at a property in Bellfield, Surrey.
An investigation by the Metropolitan Police Serious and Organised Crime Command, in partnership with other forces, uncovered a criminal network.
At Harrow Crown Court on Monday, January 7, Leci, 38, was convicted of conspiracy to commit burglary and sentenced to eight years in jail.
Gjoni, 27, admitted the same offence and was sentenced to four and a half years.
Six others, from Harrow and Barnet, received jail terms ranging from two to six years.
Detective Sergeant Graeme Simpson, from the Serious and Organised Crime Command, said: “This group of highly organised burglars stole about £150,000 cash between mid December 2011 and mid March 2012, but the cost of damage to the businesses in terms of repairs, lost revenue and staff costs has been estimated at hundreds of thousands of pounds.”