Chris May recently prosecuted 3 gang members who posed as Police Officers in order to gain access to a city banker's 'dream home' in Sevenoaks, Kent. The men used a vehicle disguised as a police car and got out wearing Police-branded high-vis jackets.
City banker Thomas Hogh let the men in and they were joined by masked accomplices. One of the gang members was wielding a fake sawn-off shotgun and the family feared for their safety
Thomas' wife hit a panic alarm and the siren sent the robbers running. The 3 men fled the scene.
Judge Julian Smith, sitting at Maidstone Crown Court, told Nicholas Hamill, 35, Joseph Mezen, 28, and Ronnie Mead, 30, that they were involved in a 'determined and detailed' robbery plot motivated by substantial rewards.
He added the fact it was frustrated only by the quick-thinking of the homeowner did not diminish their intent, and that the prospect of what might have otherwise happened was 'chilling'.