Street rob­ber jailed for £20k worth of thefts

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­

A STREET rob­ber who stole up to £20,000 of gold jew­ellery from around the necks of his vic­tims has been jailed for six years.

Ralf Dautzen­berg, 22, of Lawrence Street, Can­ning Town, ad­mit­ted 11 counts of rob­bery and one count of theft on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 19. He was sentenced on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 18 at Isle­worth Crown Court.

The of­fences oc­curred be­tween Jan­uary and June 2014, on women aged be­tween 27 and 72.

Dautzen­berg tar­geted Asian women for their gold neck­laces, but was ar­rested in Hayes on Thurs­day, June 5, after a po­lice of­fi­cer on pa­trol spot­ted him.

Dautzen­berg’s im­age had been cir­cu­lated to of­fi­cers just that day.

His ar­rest fol­lowed an in­ves­ti­ga­tion started by de­tec­tives of Hilling­don Crime Squad in Fe­bru­ary, when it be­came ap­par­ent that a num­ber of linked ‘snatch’ rob­beries were be­ing com­mit­ted by a man of the same de­scrip­tion.

On all oc­ca­sions he con­cealed his face us­ing a scarf and wore a hooded top. Each time, vic­tims were ap­proached from be­hind, their neck was grabbed and their jew­ellery ripped from them. Dautzen­berg re­sorted to vi­o­lence on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, punch­ing his vic­tim to the head to bring them down to the pave­ment.

After he was ar­rested, Dautzen­berg’s home in Hayes was searched.

Of­fi­cers seized his mo­bile phone which held a num­ber of images di­rectly link­ing him to the crimes. Pho­tos were found of him gloat­ing and show­ing off the cash pro­ceeds of his crimes he had ob­tained from after sell­ing the stolen jew­ellery.

Th­ese photographs were later used as ev­i­dence in court.

De­spite a thor­ough search of his home, only one neck­lace was re­cov­ered and re­turned to its owner.

Later in in­ter­views, Dautzen­berg claimed to po­lice that he had sold ev­ery other piece of jew­ellery, hours after the crime, to cash buy­ers.

One vic­tim, who wished to re­main anony­mous, said: “This per­son made me vul­ner­a­ble. This crime made me feel scared in my home.

“I wake at night hav­ing nightmares and images with flash­backs of what he did. I feel scared to walk on my own any­where as he robbed me on the main road at 11am.

“I came back to my sis­ter’s after the in­ci­dent hys­ter­i­cally shak­ing and cry­ing, in front of my two young chil­dren. My el­dest is six and has never seen me like that. She still re­mem­bers and asks ques­tions about the in­ci­dent and why he wanted to hurt me.

“My life has changed and his ac­tions leave me sleep­less at night. My neck­lace was given to me by my grand­mother to bring me luck. She lives in In­dia and I may not see her again.

“I’m happy that he’s caught as I would not like any­one to have to go through this or feel so vul­ner­a­ble and scared.”

n JAILED: Ralf Dautzen­berg

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