Street robber jailed for £20k worth of thefts
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