THREE crack addicts who terrorised elderly victims in their homes in a series of violent robberies have been jailed.
Jeffrey Galvin, 20, Patrick Gallagher, 34, and 23-year-old Clifford Land, all from Enfield, ransacked homes, threatened vulnerable occupants and stole jewellery, money and credit cards.
The gang was responsible for as many as 45 break-ins in north London and the surrounding counties.
The masked robbers carried knives or screw drivers and smoked crack cocaine in front of their victims.
Some of the pensioners were threatened with death or tied up as the gang destroyed valuable documents such as birth certificates and cut phone lines.
Galvin was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit robbery following a five-week trial last year, while Land pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery.
Gallagher, who is already serving a seven-year sentence for aggravated burglary, pleaded guilty to four robberies and one attempted robbery.
Judge Witold Pawlak sentenced Galvin to 15 years, Gallagher to nine years and Land to eight years for their parts in the crimes.
Det Insp Nev Nolan from the Met's Territorial Policing Crime Squad which led the two-year, £500,000 investigation, said "Some of the victims will never recover fully from their ordeal."