Moped Thieves Tried to Steal Snaresbrook Crown Court Parking Judge’s Motorcycle

Moped Thieves Tried to Steal Snaresbrook Crown Court Parking Judge’s Motorcycle

Moped Thieves Shay Hollis and Deon-Dre Rogers-Bassett Tried to Steal a Judge's Motorcycle (MPS)

Moped Thieves Shay Hollis and Deon-Dre Rogers-Bassett Tried to Steal a Judge’s Motorcycle (MPS)

A gang of moped thieves armed with a machete made an unsuccessful attempt to steal a judge’s motorcycle in a daring raid in the parking lot of one of London’s crown courts.

Shay Hollis, 18, and Deon-Dre Rogers-Barrett, 19, traveled with an unidentified third man to Snaresbrookcrown courthouse in broad daylight to try to steal Judge Paul Southern’s £20,000 BMW motorcycle.

They circled the historic courthouse building until they reached the employee parking lot, where Hollis struggled with the bike’s steering lock.

However, the robbery plan started to go awry when Hollis struggled with the bike’s weight and dropped it, costing the thieves valuable seconds to escape.

Quick-thinking security guards rushed to the front gate to close off the exit route, leaving the thieves trapped within the sprawling grounds of East London’s courthouse.

Hollis is seen brandishing a foot-long machete at the guards as CCTV shows the thieves abandoning the stolen BMW motorcycle, riding around in a failed attempt to escape, and eventually abandoning their mopeds, helmets and gloves to climb a wall of the perimeter of the court.

Snaresbrook Crown Court (John Stillwell/PA) (PA file)

Snaresbrook Crown Court (John Stillwell/PA) (PA file)

In Wood Green Crown Court on Monday, Judge Andrew Holmes agreed to delay the sentencing hearing for six months after seeing glowing reports on the two defendants.

“You have a golden opportunity now to change your lives,” he said.

Both committed more crimes after the attack on the crown court, but are now making “exceptional” progress.

Prosecutor Dickon Reid said the three robbers arrived “in convoy” around 2:15 pm on April 16 last year, with Rogers-Barrett on his own motorcycle and Hollis on the back of a stolen bicycle.

“Both mopeds drive to the rear of the parking lot, Mr. Hollis got off the stolen moped and approached the BMW motorcycle that belongs to the judge,” he said.

“The footage shows Mr. Hollis struggling with the steering lock, with enough force used to make it give way. After that, Mr. Hollis started to push the motorcycle away.

“It’s a heavy motorcycle, Hollis wrestled with it and dropped it.”

The court heard a guard, Cecil Sweeney, spotted the robbery in progress and ran outside to try to stop it.

“At this point, Mr. Hollis has drawn something on the right side of his waist,” Reid said.

“Mr Hollis threatened security with what later turned out to be a machete.”

Shay Hollis (MPS)

Shay Hollis (MPS)

Sweeney went to arm himself with a metal pole while his colleagues ran to close the front gates and block the escape route.

“Mr Hollis dropped the BMW motorcycle, causing irreparable damage to the frame,” said the prosecutor.

“As the three robbers tried to get out of the compound, another security guard, Kamran Ishaq, described Hollis pulling a machete a foot from his waist.”

When a sweep of the terrain was carried out later, the abandoned mopeds, helmets, gloves and an angle grinder – all covered in DNA evidence – were discovered.

Deon-Dre Rogers-Bassett (MPS)

Deon-Dre Rogers-Bassett (MPS)

About an hour and a half later, Rogers-Barrett called 999 to report that his moped, helmet and cell phone were stolen.

But he turned himself in using the phone he claimed was taken to make the emergency call.

Hollis and Rogers-Barrett, both from Enfield, pleaded guilty to theft.

Hollis also admitted to criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon, and brawling.

They are due to be sentenced on December 2 and will likely be spared a prison sentence if they stay out of trouble.

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