Two robbers jailed - Hoddesdon


Two men, who robbed a jewellers in the centre of Hoddesdon last summer and got away with watches worth more than £22,000, have today, Fridayu, 06 February 2015, been sent into custody.

Luke Daniel, aged 22, from Shortsmead Drive, Cheshunt, who was once a promising 400 metre runner and who represented his country, was jailed for 27 months.

His accomplice, Alex Brooks, aged 18, from Plomer Avenue, Hoddesdon, who with a moped waiting outside the shop, Equinox Jewellers, acted as the getaway driver, was given 18 months in a young offenders institute.

Two days before the jewellery shop raid Daniel had taken part in another robbery at the One Stop Shop in High Street, Cheshunt. On this occasion a knife was used and £340 taken from the till.

At St Albans Crown Court, Daniel pleaded guilty to robbing the One Stop Shop on 15 June last year and having a bladed article. He also admitted robbing the jewellers shop and having an imitation firearm with intent at the time.

Brooks admitted the jewellery shop robbery and having an imitation firearm with intent.

Andrew Copeland, prosecuting, told how at around 5.15pm on 17 June last year the owner of the jewellery shop and a member of staff heard the sound of a moped pulling up outside. Moments later Daniel burst in wielding the imitation firearm and demanding watches.

The court heard he snatched £22,700 worth of watches and ran out to where Brooks was waiting on the moped. At one point, Daniel found himself being chased as he ran towards the moped. Mr Copeland said he turned and faced the man chasing them and pointed the gun at him. It had the effect of stopping the man in his tracks and Daniel was able make his escape sitting on the moped as Brooks got them away from the scene.

The court was told that two days earlier in the One Stop Shop holdup, Daniel had stood in the doorway while another man, not before the court, had grabbed the money.

It wasn't long after the Equinox robbery that the pair were arrested and an examination of their mobile phones and the text messages that had passed between them showed how they had actively planned the robbery and the means of escape.

The court heard as a schoolboy and in his teens Daniel had shown real sporting prowess and represented his country in the 400 metres. However, an injury cut short his sporting career and, despite working for Broxbourne Council, he had become involved in crime.

Brooks, the court was told, was an easily led young man who had fallen in with the wrong crowd.

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