Man jailed for jewellery raid - St Albans

28/11/2013

A Hatfield jeweller has been left "devastated" and is considering closing his 40-year-old business after burglars stole tens of thousands of pounds worth of his stock.

The owner of Everitt Family Jewellers in The Arcade had tens of thousands of pounds worth of stock stolen and suffered £11000 damage in the break in on 09 August.  In a statement read at St Albans Crown Court today, Thursday, 28 November 2013, the owner said he had been a jeweller for 40 years and had suffered 18 robberies and had "had enough of it."

One of the men who broke into the shop on 09 August this year was Romanian Vladut Iosif.

Prosecutor Isabel Delamere said Iosif, 23, was caught after he was arrested for shoplifting. A DNA sample was taken from him and found to match DNA from blood found after the burglary at the jewellers.  She said Iosif and others had prised open the shop's metal shutters and smashed display cabinets. A large amount of silver jewellery was stolen with the defendant's blood left on an emptied box.  The jewellery taken was first valued at £20,000, but a later valuation was put at between £50,000 and £80,000.

Iosif of Hazelgrove, Hatfield, appeared at court via video link from Bedford jail for sentence, having pleaded guilty to burglary.

Sally Jackson, defending, said he had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and wanted to return to Romania to be with his family. She said his son had a medical condition.

Jailing him for 21 months, Judge John Plumstead said: "This was a serious burglary. He was part of a team."

He told Iosif: "Somebody who is trying to run an honest business for 40 years has been devastated by your actions".

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