Thugs snatch £3,000 pedigree puppy at knifepoint after travelling 160 miles from London with fake £50 notes

Two London men stole a £ 3,000 pedigree puppy by the tip of the knife after traveling nearly 200 miles from London trying to buy it with bundles of fake money.

Joshua McCook, 23, and Elhaj Diarrassouba, 24, traveled to Wales with a plan to buy the rare American Blue Bulldog using counterfeit £ 50 bills, a court heard.

Diarrassouba from Lewisham and McCook from Forest Hill contacted the victim, dog breeder Adam Moheiz, after promoting the puppy on his Instagram.

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They arrived at the meeting point on Wednesday January 20th – a parking lot in Swansea that was driven there by Elhaj’s Swansea friend.

McCook and Diarrassouba handed over the money and tried to take the rare dog away, but Adam quickly realized it was a fake.

American Blue Bulldogs are rare and can sell for thousands of pounds

The two parties began to argue, and McCook and Diarrassouba drew knives before climbing into the victim’s friend’s car and grabbing the dog.

They drove away with the £ 3,000 puppy in their own vehicle and escaped.

McCook was wearing a balaclava, but the courts heard him claim it was a Covid mask.

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Fortunately, the victims took the London license plate with them as they drove away and it was traced back to Diarrassouba’s friend’s house.

McCook of Hillside Avenue, Lewisham has six previous convictions, while Diarrassouba of Perry Vale, Forest Hill has 15 convictions for 23 offenses.

These convictions include robbery, attempted arson and drug offenses.

Both defendants claim that they were not involved in the robbery and that someone named ‘Derek’ orchestrated the attack.

McCook’s attorney also alleged that he may have been taken advantage of because of his autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Diarrassouba and McCook had previously been convicted of robbery and possession with blades after a trial in Swansea Crown Court when they appeared in the dock for conviction.

Judge Wayne Beard said the incident was a fraudulent exchange that had become violent, but admitted that there was some advance planning because of the balaclava and knives.

McCook was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison and Diarrassouba was sentenced to five years.

Both will serve half of their sentences and do the rest as community service.

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