Two Fulham Men Convicted of Involvement in Violent Watch Robbery

Victim hit with stun gun in theft of £100,000 Rolex

John Stovell and Thomas Lenaghan. Picture: Met Police

Two local men have been convicted for their part in a violent robbery in which a £100,000 Rolex watch was stolen in Chelsea.

On Wednesday, 5 October, at Isleworth Crown Court, 23-year-old Thomas Lenaghan of Rylston Road, Fulham pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob, threatening a person with a bladed article in a public place, possession of a stun gun and threatening a person with a stun gun. 50-year-old John Stovell of North End Road, W14, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and assisting an offender. They were convicted alongside an accomplice from Dagenham called Ronnie Fitzgerald.

They were apprehended after a joint investigation by the Met’s Flying Squad and Westminster Robbery Squad.

Just after midnight on 16 November 2021, three people were crossing Pavilion Road when they were approached by a group dressed in black and wearing balaclavas.

One of the victims, aged 31, was pushed to the floor and hit from behind by a stun gun. The robbers surrounded him and demanded he hand over his Rolex watch, worth around £100,000. The man’s father was threatened with a knife, which cut through his coat but did not cause injury, as he tried to stop the attack. Their friend was also threatened with a stun gun and forced to hand over her watch, worth around £200.

The masked gang then got into a waiting car which sped off from the location.

Although the robbery had been caught on CCTV and mobile phone cameras, the perpetrators were not identifiable because of their masks and generic clothing.

The car they were using, a Jaguar F-PACE, was stolen and displaying false plates, meaning it also proved difficult to identify and track down.

Detectives from the Met’s Flying Squad analysed the footage and managed to see that the car had a small sticker on the bottom right corner of its windshield. They then worked through crime records to find out how many Jaguar F-PACEs had been reported stolen and remained unrecovered in recent months, leaving them with 30-40 possible vehicles. The team contacted each owner and ascertained if any of their cars had any particular identifying features. One told officers that their car had a parking permit for their child’s school – a description which matched the sticker seen on the car used in the robbery.

This was the breakthrough moment the team had been looking for as it allowed them to discover the car’s true ‘identity’. From there, they were able to work out where the car had been prior to and after the robbery and explore further CCTV opportunities, leading to footage capturing the robbers meeting without masks. The photos of their faces were circulated and led to the identification of Lenaghan, Stovell and Fitzgerald.

The car was found in a carpark in North End Road, a forensic examination linked the men to the vehicle.

DC Robert Rodak, who worked on the investigation, said: “This was a shocking and violent robbery which understandably left the victims shaken and feeling incredibly fortunate they did not suffer more serious injury.

“Everyone should be able to walk through our streets unaffected by this type of crime and that is why we are doing everything we can to take offenders like Lenaghan, Fitzgerald and Stovell off our streets.

“This conviction was a result of a joint effort where our local team was assisted by the specialist skills of the Flying Squad to catch those responsible. Working together we will continue to target and relentlessly pursue robbers who commit violent crime in London.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Owain Richards, responsible for local policing in Kensington and Chelsea, said, “Over the last few months we have been focusing our resources in hot spot areas where we know watch robberies have increased.

“Our dedicated robbery team are tirelessly tracking down those responsible for these kind of crimes and we hope this case demonstrates that anyone committing these offences will be identified and brought to justice.”

They will be sentenced at the Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, 9 December.

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October 13, 2022