This is the harrowing moment a terrified mother screamed in horror when a gang of burglars broke into her home to steal jewelry worth thousands of pounds. Dr Shafia Waheed had just put her two young children, including her 6 years old son, to bed when the men broke into her property in Ealing, west London. Video footage from internal security cameras inside her home showed the group enter the property through a patio door and walk through kitchen. She came downstairs to see what was going and screamed when she was grabbed by one of the men at around 8 Pm when she should have ‘felt safe’ in her own home.
She was later pinned down while the burglars stole tens of thousands of pounds worth of jewelry from the house. Her son who witnessed the terrifying ordeal was crying and begged men to ‘leave his mum alone and to just take the money and go’. The distressing footage was used to help catch the burglars, 4 of whom have been jailed for a combined total of 23 years. After the incident, Dr Waheed told ‘I heard some loud noises on the stairs, I was in my son’s room, putting him to bed. At first you are not sure if you’ve heard a noise or not and you’re thinking “did I really hear something” so I shouted out “hello” but didn’t hear anything. Then I came out again, went down the stairs and I tried to see if the front door was open, to see if my husband had come back but the front door was still locked. It is one of those cases where you hear a noise in the night and you never ever think it’s going to be anything and then everything from then on was slow motion. You look across and I saw the masked person. My son and I were in my bedroom. There were men grabbing me, pushing me, asking me “give me the money”. My son was crying, he’s only six years old. He said “leave my mum alone, just take the money and go”. It happened at our house and at 8 o’clock in the evening when everybody should feel safe.’ The burglars were found to be responsible for 16 break-ins across London and stole hundreds of thousands pounds worth of cash, jewelry and electrical equipment. Two of the men Stephen Kelly 22 years old and Danny Logan 21 years old were arrested in March 2016, after officers responded to an alarm activation at a different property in Primrose Hill. The burglars had caused an estimated £15,000 worth of damage to home after they broke in and stole a steel safe, which was found abandoned in the garden. Kelly and Logan later were linked to a different burglary in Hampstead in Feb last year. The pair were bailed and the police investigation was widened to include Daniel Hil 22 years old and Beau Abououf 27 years old after officers looked at their phones. The men were linked to a further 14 burglaries at homes across London in Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing and Haringey between Nov 2015 and June 2016.
In many of break-ins, the group stole expensive designer watches and clothes as well as jewelry. Detailed analysis of mobile phone records revealed the communication between the group including images and videos featuring them flaunting stolen goods. Abououf, Kelly and Logan were also subsequently charged with a robbery that took place at a house in Ealing on March 8, 2016. The horrific footage showed the men enter woman’s home and steal her jewelry. She bravely spoke about the incident afterwards. A different CCTV at a property in Camden showed the men steal designer clothing and electrical items worth £89,800. Abououf was charged with conspiracy to burgle and a count of robbery and was convicted after a 6 day trial at Harrow Crown Court in April. Kelly and Logan were also charged with conspiracy to burgle and a count of robbery. They both admitted conspiracy to burgle and denied robbery. They were found guilty of robbery charge after a 5 day trial at Harrow Crown Court. Hill admitted 2 burglary charges as well as the conspiracy to burgle. Abououf, of Camden, was jailed for 8 years, Kelly and Logan, both of Camden, were jailed to 6 years each. Hill, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 3 years. Detective Inspector James Hale, of the Met’s Trident and Area Command, told ‘These men were all professional burglars who committed crime in a highly organised manner to support a lavish lifestyle. They have shown a complete disregard for the victims of their crimes, many of whom have suffered severe financial and psychological damage. In most of the burglaries, the men targeted properties where they believed the homeowner was away, but, in one terrifying robbery, Abououf, Kelly and Logan stole jewellery from a house in Ealing after pinning a mother to the bed in front of her young child, who is still suffering psychological trauma more than a year later. I would like to pay tribute to this woman for her bravery in giving evidence in court during the trial. Thankfully, robberies of this kind in London are rare and this conviction sends a message that the Met Police will do all it can to pursue, apprehend and bring to justice callous criminals of this nature. We believe there may still be other individuals linked to this group who may have been involved in the conspiracy. I would urge anyone with any information about these men to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.’