Robber who ‘targeted lone women’ jailed for six years

The man and his accomplices approached women across Haringey and Enfield “believing they could take advantage

Dysons Road in Edmonton and (inset) Marco Marques Correia
Dysons Road in Edmonton and (inset) Marco Marques Correia

A robber who targeted lone women in North London has been sentenced to more than six years in prison.

Marco Marques Correia, of no fixed address, was found guilty of four counts of robbery and sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, 26th May.

Metropolitan Police officers from the robbery focus unit based at Wood Green investigated a series of robberies that happened across Haringey and Enfield in April 2020: on 7th April at around 10.55am in High Road, South Tottenham; 12th April at around 7am in Amhurst Park, near Stamford Hill Station; 13th April at 08.15am in Dysons Road, Edmonton; and on 13th April at about 9.45am in Lawrence Road, South Tottenham.

After each robbery, the suspect was driven away in a silver Vauxhall Corsa, which was registered to Marco Marques Correia. He worked with a number of accomplices, driving or carrying out the thefts, and was charged with four counts of robbery on 16th September last year.

Detective Constable Harry Mansbridge led the investigation. He said: “Marco Marques Correia provided no excuse for his involvement in the robberies. He was emotionless and showed no remorse for his actions throughout the trial.

“Marques Correia and the other robbers he was working with specifically targeted lone women, as they believed they could take advantage and easily overpower them. Their violent actions left the victims terrified for their safety and has left a lasting impact on them all.

“I hope today’s outcome shows Londoner’s that we take both robbery and violence against women seriously. We will do everything we can to seek justice.

“I’d like to thank the quick-thinking individuals who called the police as soon as these robberies happened and provided information to officers. By reporting a robbery as soon as it has taken place it makes all the difference to our investigations. The first hour after a robbery takes place or the ‘golden hour’ is critical to capturing robbers.”

As part of the investigation detectives sought to identify further individuals involved in the robberies; they remain on the loose.

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