Cryptocurrencies have been a beneficial tool for numerous users. Still, bad players continue to harness the technology to conduct criminal activities. The latest of such vices features four London teenagers who stole as much as $150,000 from their victims. They have been judged and sentenced to a total of 23 years in prison.
Teenagers Stole $150k With Armed Weapons
Metropolitan police detectives apprehended the theft crew after identifying their home addresses from takeaway orders the teenagers made with ill-gotten funds.
According to an official statement by the law enforcement agency, the teenagers used weapons like knives to threaten 26 victims to give up their phones. The thieves also got their victims to surrender their passcodes and access to their crypto wallets and bank information. Cryptocurrencies such as Ether (ETH) and Ripple (XRP) were among the assets the robbery crew stole.
The Met police also revealed that the four teenagers conducted these 19 robberies and attempted robberies between June 2021 and January 2022 in different parts of London.
Detective Constable James Green, of the Specialist Crime Command, stressed how the rogue teenagers showed nonchalant attitudes during interrogatory processes, saying:
“During my career as a police officer I have not come across criminals of such a cowardly nature. The group singled out innocent members of the public whilst armed with weapons in order to rob them of their mobile phones and digital currencies. They would insinuate that the victims were members of an opposing gang, whilst all knew that these were innocent members of the public.”
Sentenced to 23 Years
The four young culprits were Daniel Boakye, Nathan Mohalland, Justin Poopola, and a 17-year-old who was unnamed.
The first three will spend jail terms of six years and five months, 12 years and five additional years on a license, and two years and six months, respectively. The youngest among them pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison.
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