Moped muggers who steal watches, jewellery and mobile phones are using their ill-gotten gains to fund luxury holidays as figures show the number of street robberies drops off during summer months

  • Thugs using money to fund extravagant holidays to Ibiza, Ayia Napa and Cyprus
  • Met Police figures show a hike in moped muggings in May, June and start of July
  • But robberies go quiet over the rest of July and August when criminals are partying it up abroad 

Moped thugs are using their ill-gotten gains to fund extravagant summer holidays in Ibiza, it has been revealed.

Muggers who rob people of their watches and mobile phones are selling the items to pay for luxury trips to Mediterranean party islands.

The latest Met Police figures show a steady increase in moped robberies at the end of spring just before summer begins.

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London’s moped muggers are using their ill-gotten gains to fund extravagant holidays to Ibiza Pictured: An attack in north London where a gang stole a £60,000 watch from a businessman

The graph shows a big drop off in moped robberies in July and August – when the criminals are partying it up abroad

They also reveal a marked drop in moped related crimes in July and August – when the criminals are partying it up abroad, spending thousands of pounds a night in top clubs.  

The figures suggest the robbers are scrambling to get their spending money together before jetting off on their holidays.


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Two former moped thieves told The Sunday Telegraph they use the money to go to exclusive resorts, stay in expensive hotels and attend all night raves.  

Their claims suggest that many of the young moped gang members live a double life. 

Michael McIntyre had his Rolex stolen earlier this month by moped thugs who smashed up his Range Rover

The robbers used hammers to destroy the driver’s window and demanded his silver watch, worth around £15,000

Pictures show stunned comic Michael McIntyre speaking with police moments after he was robbed by a moped gang

In Britain they often live on rundown council estates – but on holiday they are able live like the rich and famous. 

Peter Williams, who runs LCS Security, a private security company, said that between May, June and July the moped criminals become very active before going quieter until the end of August.

‘The amount of moped robberies then start up again from September in time for Christmas,’ he added.

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