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Guy Smith | 17:18 UK time, Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Yohan Clarke, 31, and his younger brother Yamani, 23, were part of gang which raided a Costco store in Croydon last September.

Yohan Clarke, left, and his younger brother Yamani, in the photo that incriminated them.


This pair might have got away with a robbery but for this picture.

It was found on a digital camera when police stopped them in a car in Redhill, Surrey, just days after the hold-up.

Yohan Clarke, 31, and his younger brother Yamani, 23, were part of gang which raided a Costco store in Croydon last September.

During the robbery, a shop worker was shot but survived.

The masked men escaped with jewellery valued at £70,000 including the large stolen ring, which you can see on one of the brothers fingers.

It incriminated the men.

And "Clarke the elder" received life in jail with a minimum of 10 years. His brother on the right got 40 months after he admitted handling stolen goods.

Three of the gang are still on the run.


  • Comment number 1.

    This would've been funny if it weren't so bloody frightening & dangerous.
    A Croydon Costco employee was shot in the stomach. He underwent emergency surgery to remove a bullet close to his heart. He also suffered gun shot wounds to his colon, bowel, stomach and pancreas. This could easily have resulted in a murder charge.
    Passing sentence at Croydon Crown Court, Judge Nicholas Ainley said the 31-year-old Yohan posed a significant risk to the public and ordered him to serve a minimum of ten years & 60 days behind bars.
    Police said Yohan Clarke was one of 5 men who stormed into the Croydon Costco on September 17. They used a claw hammer to smash a glass cabinet containing £70,000 of jewellery - including the gold ring valued at £3,500.
    Police caught up with Yohan several days after the raid when they stopped a car in Redhill, Surrey. A search of the vehicle uncovered a digital camera containing a number of photographs of the Clarke brothers posing with bundles of cash and a ring later identified as stolen in the robbery.
    Yohan Clarke, who was unemployed, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob, possessing a firearm and grievous bodily harm with intent on the first day of his trial on July 6. Judge Nicholas Ainley handed him three life sentences but gave him credit for entering a late plea. He will serve ten years and 60 days which takes into account the time already spent in custody.
    His 23-year-old brother admitted handling the proceeds of the robbery and was given a 40-month prison term, police said.
    Meanwhile there are still 3 outstanding suspects and various items of jewellery to locate.
    My personal opinion, these brother got off light, too light.

  • Comment number 2.

    What a pair of bell-ends

  • Comment number 3.

    I am glad people like this are caught and put in prison. What worries me is that there was not enough evidence at the robbery to convict them and the police had to find the evidence on a camera in their car i.e. the guys own stupidity not solid police work. Would you allow the police to search your car? They can ask to look but if you say no then they require a search warrant and reasonable cause to search. I refused a search when stopped for a "routine check" while on holiday last year and since they had no reasonable cause they allowed me to go on my way.


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