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Prolific moped thief who also stole postage trolley jailed

News   •   Aug 23, 2017 15:42 BST

Image: Paul John Walsh

A man has been jailed for a number of offences linked to moped crime.

Paul John Walsh - 28 (21.11.89) of Holmes Road, Camden was jailed at Blackfriars Crown Court on Wednesday, 23 August after pleading guilty to:

- Four counts of receiving stolen goods;
- One count of Theft by finding letters and parcels;
- One count of attempted theft of a motor vehicle;
- One count of possession of a class B drug, namely cannabis.

He was jailed to a total of two years' imprisonment and disqualified from driving for two years.

On 21 April, Walsh stole a grey Piaggio Vespa moped from Crinian Street, Kings Cross. The tracker was activated and the moped was recovered chained to another moped in a rear car park of Holmes Road, Kentish Town.

On 3 May, a white Peugeot Vespa was stolen by Walsh from Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage. The Tracker was identified and the owner saw the driver on his Vespa in a car park of Holmes Road, Kentish Town. The driver drove off and the tracker was disabled. The moped was recovered on 11 May and DNA taken from the vehicle belonged to Walsh.

At 17:27hrs on 4 May, whilst a postman was delivering mail, a white moped with two people was seen to drive off with the post trolley. The trolley and some mail was recovered at the rear of Budgens on Haverstock Hill. Four packages were stolen.

At 18:00hrs on 4 May, two suspects on a white moped were caught on CCTV outside the Stag Public House on Fleet Road, Kilburn. They were caught interfering with a white Piaggio moped.

Following a media appeal for the incident in Fleet Road, Walsh was identified.

On Wednesday, 28 June, officers carried out a search warrant and caught Walsh hiding on his roof. He was brought down and arrested. Property inside his home linked him to the previous offences. He was arrested and subsequently charged the following day.

Detective Constable Marcus Johnson, investigating officer from Central North Proactive Unit said:

"I am pleased with the sentence handed down to Walsh.

"The Metropolitan Police will continue to target those involved in moped enabled crime and put them before the courts so they can face the consequences of their actions."