A moped gang who carried out 103 offences in just 18 days has been smashed.
Police arrested the gang – all teenagers aged 15, 16 and 17 – after they carried out the series of robberies across central London between April and May.
They grabbed phones from pedestrians in Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Camden, Islington.
One of the incidents was caught on camera as the boys mounted pavements using a hammer and crowbar to terrify their victims.
That particular incident was near BBC’s headquarters in Portland Place.
Their faces were mostly covered by helmets and three of the four teenagers pictured were wearing gloves
They have now pleaded guilty to carrying out the thefts and are due to be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court.
A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Three youths have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob following a spate of moped-enabled robberies in central London. The charge relates to 103 separate offences committed in central London between 18 April and 5 May.
Despite the gang being smashed, there is still a high level of crime associated with mopeds.
On Saturday a Londoner stopped a gang from stealing his motorbike by waving a hammer at him. He squared up to the gang in Battersea yesterday after being threatened with a knife and an angle grinder.