Sean Tuso 21 of Belmont Road, Wallington, Surrey was sentenced to six years in prison for conspiracy to rob. This comes after he was found guilty following a two week trial at Croydon Crown Court that concluded on 4 December 2020.
Joshua Norris 22 of Colliers Water Lane, Thornton Heath was sentenced to four years and four months in prison for robbery and for handling stolen goods. This follows a guilty plea entered at Croydon Crown on 25 September 2020.
Sean Tuso was arrested on 31 December 2019 by officers from the Venice Investigation Team. Tuso was found to have a stolen Honda moped in his rear garden, which had a padlock on the rear wheel. He had the padlock key in his possession when arrested. He was later charged and remanded into custody.
Norris was arrested at his home address in Thornton Heath on 17 January 2020,where he was found to have a crash helmet in his room, the same as one worn by one of the suspects in CCTV from some of the robberies.
Found outside his address was a stolen motorcycle false plates which had been stolen in a burglary in the Merton area between 8 and 9 September 2019. Norris had a key in his room which fitted a silver padlock on the front wheel to this bike.
Forensic phone evidence from Tuso’s phone showed videos of the suspects posing with the clothing and knives used in the robberies. A fingerprint belonging to Hamilton-Peart was also found on a Rambo knife located at the scene of an attempted robbery.
Hamilton-Peart was circulated as wanted and after a manhunt he was arrested and charged 1 April 2020.
Police Constable Tadas Balnys, from Operation Venice, said: “These men terrorised shops in south London over a four week period, visiting mainly at night and threatening staff with knives and using violence to steal cash, alcohol and cigarettes.
“Their spree was stopped thanks to the meticulous investigation by Venice officers which required diligent forensic work. The fingerprint, phone and DNA evidence in this investigation was vital in identifying each of the criminals. It highlights the proactive work we do every day to ensure serious offenders are identified and brought to justice.
“I hope that the verdict and sentencing helps to reassure the community that the Metropolitan Police are there to keep London safe. We are committed to tackling violent crime and have no tolerance for criminals who commit senseless acts of violence.”