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Motorbike thieves steal 10 motorbikes a day. Now their cash could be taken from them

Convicted motorbike thieves Alamin, Khalid and Shalim Kazi have been told by a judge that if they lead an “extravagant lifestyle” they could be ordered to pay for with fines worth over £64,000.

The three brothers, from Plender Street in Camden, London, were part of a gang that stole up to 10 motorbikes a day. They were also involved in the theft of mobile phones from pedestrians.

They were convicted in July 2016 and the oldest brother, Alamin, 24, was told in May of this year he would have to forfeit £32,850 if deemed to be “living what is considered to be beyond [his] financial means” once he is released from prison. Khalid, 23, who is out on license, would have to forfeit £7,629.99 while Shalim, 20, also on license, would have to forfeit £23,850.

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The Met has already taken £8,925.05 plus interest from the proceeds of crime found at their home. It’s not known what the value of motorcycles is that were taken during the period when the gang was active.

Det Ch Insp Will Young, of the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “This was another fantastic result, which has not only seen a prolific gang of scooter-enabled crime taken out of action, but robust penalties put in place after release from prison.”

He added: “I want to send a strong message to individuals who use powered two wheelers on London’s roads to commit crime that they are making a dangerous choice, which potentially puts themselves and other members of the public, including police officers, at risk.

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