eBay – Father and son face lengthy jail sentences for role in gang which plotted brutal robberies on unsuspecting car buyers from eBay
A father and son who were part of a ‘highly organised’ gang which plotted terrifying, brutal robberies on unsuspecting car buyers face lengthy jail sentences.
Victims were violently set upon after being lured by the robbers, with some being attacked by hammers and machetes and others having a gun pointed at them.
Thousands of pounds was stolen, which buyers had brought in cash to buy the vehicles after securing winning bids on eBay.
Their victims travelled from across the UK to Greater Manchester, with high end vehicles including a Mercedes, a Porsche and an Audi being advertised.
A two-year-old boy was present at one incident, as his terrified mother tried to protect him from armed, masked men.
Cars were sold at reasonable prices, with the price cut being explained away with claims that a quick sale was needed to pay for a divorce, or because a family member was ill.
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Mohammed Fareed, 47; and Faisal Farid, 25, were convicted of conspiracy rob following a trial at Manchester Crown Court.
Mohammed Nazir, 24, of Manley Road, Oldham; Debra Brooker, 42, of Block Lane, Oldham; and Maros Petik, 19, were acquitted of the same offence.
Another man, 21-year-old Adam Marco, admitted conspiracy to rob. He and the other two men are due to be sentenced next week.
The crimes were committed across Greater Manchester from September 2019 until February last year.
“This was a very serious, highly organised crime,” prosecutor Michael Lavery said.
“Victims were subjected to terrifying violence and robbed of considerable sums of money.”
The gang used sophisticated methods to try avoid detection, setting up different eBay accounts and using different email addresses, as well as switching phone numbers.
After the unwitting victim had won the online bid, the robbers would agree a location to meet.
But the meeting place would often be changed to a secluded location, where the robbers struck.
During one incident in Oldham in November 2019, a robber grabbed one victim and pushed him against a car, after meeting to buy an Audi Q5.
“I’m going to chop you up into pieces,” the machete wielding robber shouted, before £11,000 was stolen.
Days later, a man who hoped to buy a Mercedes GLA 200 was attacked with a machete in Oldham.
He was hit three times to the leg, but was able to escape.
The following month a man who wanted to buy a Porsche Cayenne was attacked, and had a car jack was thrown which hit his face.
He said one robber had a gun. No money was stolen.
Days later, a man who travelled from London to Oldham buy a Nissan Leaf.
A robber threatened to shoot him, before stealing £11,000.
There were several terrifying robberies in January last year.
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During an incident in Burnage, a victim was punched after robbers smashed his car window.
He was told he would be shot unless he handed over cash, but he was able to flee.
Another victim had travelled from Norwich to buy a Mercedes GLA in Levenshulme.
He had a gun pointed at his face and was punched, with the weapon also being pointed at his girlfriend.
The robbers stole £9,000.
A couple and their two-year-old son travelled to Manchester from Dundee to buy an Audi SQ5, bringing £15,000 in cash.
They were told the seller’s sister was going to meet them at Piccadilly station. There was no sign of the sister and they were instructed to take a taxi to Gorton.
After arriving, a white van followed and tried to block them in.
Two men wearing balaclavas appeared, one wielding a machete, the other a knife.
The taxi was able to escape the area but the victims were left terrified, as the woman desperately tried to protect her child.
Another victim had travelled from London, arriving at Piccadilly station with his girlfriend before getting a taxi to Levenshulme to buy a Kia Nero.
His girlfriend had a pun pressed to her cheek as the robbers demanded cash, but no money was stolen.
Also that month, a victim flew from Belfast to Manchester to buy an Audi.
After arriving at the agreed location in Clayton, three masked men appeared and he was wrestled to the ground and hit to the head with a hammer three times.
He had £16,000 stolen.
Fareed, of Lorne Street, Oldham; Farid, of Lowvale Drive, Oldham; and Marco, of Kent Street, Oldham, are due to be sentenced on July 7.
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