Scooter Crime Rates Fall After Moped Gang Jailed for a Wheelie Long Time

By Shabana Arif on at

London police have rounded up a moped gang whose list of crimes paired with their all-black ensemble would have us rooting for them in some blockbuster film glamorising their elaborate heists. But this is the real world, and spraying the fuzz with fire extinguishers and leading them on a high-speed chase through the city isn't cool, kids.

According to the Telegraph, the gang is amongst the most slick and successful in Britain. Until now that is. The group of 12 men have clocked up 400 offences between them, including raids, heists, and robberies. Amazingly, since they were taken off the streets, scooter crime in London has halved over the course of just one year.

Their extensive rap sheet also includes a ram raid of a Kensington high street shop where they proceeded to steal over £40,000 worth of merchandise, adds the Evening Standard.

"Many offences were committed using motorbikes or mopeds, often stolen with false number plates. Many offences were committed at night," said Judge Georgina Kent, addressing the men in court. "The motorbike helmets and clothing, often all in black, were an effective disguise and created an intimidating appearance. The motorbikes provided a quick getaway.

"Many of these offences were committed in public view because you were confident you could get away with it."

One of the crimes committed in broad daylight includes blocking traffic to steal a £180,000 BBC camera near London's Barnes Bridge. The men have sentenced for a total of more than 67 years between them.

The city is no stranger to bike gangs, with one of them hitting Apple's flagship Regent Street store in 2017, and making off with iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.

Speaking of scooter crime, the vehicles themselves were pulled from streets in Brisbane, Australia in April. At least eight Lime e-scooters were hacked, making them engage in some rather frisky dirty talk with their riders.

"Okay, if you’re going to ride my ass then please pull my hair, okay?" said one particularly demanding bike. Officials said it wasn't smart or funny.

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