Ten men sentenced to a total of almost 73 years imprisonment

18/03/2016

Ten men, all from Islington north London, have been sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court to a total of almost 73 years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit a number of smash and grab robberies. Eight men pleaded guilty and a further two were found guilty after trial on 7th March 2016.

Three of the defendants, Lee Jackson, David Warren and Grant McCarroll, robbed Goldsmiths jewellers in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on 3 February 2015. The group arrived on mopeds and used sledgehammers to break into a window where a number of Rolex watches were on display. They stole watches worth over £90,000 and caused over £20,000 of damage.

The ten defendants were variously involved in the reconnaissance of seven other jewellery stores in Warwickshire, Yorkshire, Bath, Cornwall and Wolverhampton. The Crown's case was that they planned to rob these jewellery stores in a similar way to the Kent robbery but abandoned their plans before they were carried out. Evidence was found that showed the group planned to use stolen mopeds, cloned number plates, metal baseball bats, sledgehammers, axes, power tools and a machete to carry out the robberies.

Howard Tobias, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: "These ten men all played various roles in the robbery of one jewellery store and the plan to rob seven others.

"The tools found in the various vehicles linked to this case showed that they were prepared to cause thousands of pounds worth of damage and use violence, or the threat of violence, in order to steal high value items of jewellers.

"Like the robbery in Kent  they would all have likely been smash and grab style robberies with a number of the defendants arriving on mopeds, smashing up the stores using weapons and making off with as much jewellery as they could.

"Smash and grab robberies are terrifying for members of the public and allow criminals to steal items of huge value in very short space of time.

"These men have now been brought to justice for their roles in this conspiracy. I hope this sends a message to anyone planning similar crimes that you do not have to carry out the robbery to be prosecuted, if we have sufficient evidence to show that offences are planned we will bring charges."


Background

Shops targeted during conspiracy:
  • Goldsmiths, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Robbery on 3rd February 2015
  • George Pragnell, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Reconnaissance on 29th and 31st May 2015
  • Michael Spiers, Truro, Cornwall. Reconnaissance on 14th August 2015
  • Rudells Jewellers, Wolverhampton. Reconnaissance on 18th August 2015
  • Mallory Jewellers, Bath. Reconnaissance on 18th August 2015
  • HL Brown and Berry's Jewellers in York. Reconnaissance on 22nd August 2015
  • Lister Horsfall, Ilkley, West Yorkshire. Reconnaissance on 23th and 24th August 2015
  • Lister Horsfall, Halifax, West Yorkshire. Reconnaissance on 24th and 25th August 2015.
Defendants and sentences:

Each defendant faced one count of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery

Lee JACKSON, 28 - 12 years imprisonment
Jackson is the ringleader. He was directly involved in all instances of robbery and reconnaissance.

David WARREN, 29 - Six years and eight months imprisonment
He was present at all instances of robbery and reconnaissance.

Jamie FREED, 44 - Five years and 4 months imprisonment
Freed is Lee JACKSONs father. He was directly involved in the Truro and Yorkshire reconnaissance and was present for planning sessions.

Dane PERREN, 31 - Six years imprisonment
Directly involved in the Truro and Yorkshire reconnaissance.

Karim MOUZOUN, 25 - Six years and eight months imprisonment
Directly involved in the Truro and Yorkshire reconnaissance. 

Eugene SHEEHAN, 52 - Six years and eight months imprisonment
Directly involved in the Truro and Yorkshire reconnaissance.

Grant McCARROLL, 22 - Eight years imprisonment
Directly involved in the Tunbridge Wells robbery