Good news from the local police as they succeed with a prosecution of a local serial robber and mugger who used a garden in Thornhill Square to stash a large haul of stolen iphones.
Police message begins:
A 22 year old man has been sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment for handling stolen goods and possession with intent to supply cannabis, possession of cocaine and money laundering.
Salah Karkar, of Cluse Court, Dame Street, N1, was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on 3 May 2012, after pleading guilty to the offences.
Detectives from the Crime Squad in Islington carried out a proactive operation to catch Karkar after intelligence indicated that he was involved in large scale handling of stolen goods, particularly I-phones. A search warrant was carried out by the team on 11 August 2011 at his home address where officers found three laptops valued at £2200, a Carerra bicycle stolen from Islington Green, an I-phone snatched from the Packington estate, £900 in cash, 55 bags of cannabis and three wraps of cocaine.
Karkar was arrested and charged with handling stolen goods, possession with intent to supply class B drugs- namely cannabis, possession of class A drugs – namely cocaine, and possession of criminal property/money laundering.
Despite being on court bail, Kakar continued his criminal activity. Officers obtained a further warrant to carry out a search at an address in Thornhill Square, N1, linked to Karkar. There, they discovered a large rucksack hidden in the garden containing 20 Apple I -phones, all stolen in less than two weeks in street robberies across Islington and Camden, five pairs of designer sunglasses and two laptops stolen in a residential burglary from Frome Street and three Apple laptops stolen during three separate residential burglaries in Packington Street, Arlington Square and Danbury Street as well as a further £300 in cash.
All the laptops were stolen in burglaries committed after he pleaded guilty to handling the items in the August raid.
Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Phelim Redmond from Islington Crime Squad said:
“Salah Karkar is a prolific handler of stolen property who has shown a complete lack of remorse or sympathy throughout the investigation for the victims of the crimes from which he profited. Each item of property recovered by police represented a violation of someone’s home or person. Some of the victims were attacked in the street and others robbed at knifepoint.
” He was motivated by simple greed and I hope his sentence acts as a deterrent to other criminals”.