Two men jailed for Truro armed robbery
Two men have been jailed at Truro Crown Court for the armed robbery of a jewellery shop in which almost £1m of goods were stolen. Five other men have admitted their involvement and will be sentenced tomorrow.
Andrius Buinevicius was convicted by a jury of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery and Possessing an Imitation Firearm with Intent to Cause Fear of Violence. He was jailed for 16 years.
Gytis Inokaitis was convicted by a jury for Conspiracy to Commit Robbery and was jailed for 13 years.
A third man, Harijus Jaciaskas, was acquitted of Assisting an Offender but pleaded guilty to a summary offence of breaching a deportation order.
At around 10am on Wednesday 10th January four masked males entered Michael Spiers jewellers in Truro armed with a replica pistol, crowbars and PAVA incapacitant spray canisters. The men stole watches and jewellery to the value of approximately £1m.
Philip Lee of the CPS said: “This was a terrifying robbery which was planned and carried out by members of an international organised crime group, some of whom travelled to this country for the sole purpose of committing the crime.
“The investigation by the Devon and Cornwall Police was swift and thorough. The case we presented in court relied upon witnesses, CCTV footage and mobile phone and vehicle tracking data to link these men to the robbery. The evidence was so compelling that two of the defendants changed their pleas to guilty part way through the trial”.
Notes to editors
- Philip Lee is a Crown Advocate for the Crown for Prosecution Service South West
- Andrius Buinevicius was sentenced to 16 years for conspiracy to commit robbery and 6 years (concurrent) for possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence
- Gytis Inokaitis was sentenced to 13 years for conspiracy to commit robbery
- Andrius Buinevicius’ date of birth is 23/07/76
- Gytis Inokaitis' date of birth is 23/02/1982
- Harijus Jaciaskas’ date of birth is 12/02/1985
- Five other men have admitted their involvement and will be sentenced tomorrow. They are Rogertas Slekaitas, Saulius Mickus, Tomas Bakierskis, Haroldas Ivanovas and Agris Davidonis.