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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

'Foolish' jewellery shop raiders jailed for 'unsophisticated' crimes

'Foolish' jewellery shop raiders jailed for 'unsophisticated' crimes

'Foolish' jewellery shop raiders jailed for 'unsophisticated' crimes

TWO "foolish" men who targeted two jewellers in six hours have been jailed.

Andrew Smith, 32, and Martin Strickland, 39, raided H&T Pawnbrokers in James Street in Bradford city centre and Craven Jewellers in High Street, Yeadon, on March 30.

The pair pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and attempted burglary at a hearing last month.

Prosecutor Duncan Ritchie told Bradford Crown Court yesterday that both men went into H&T Pawnbrokers at around 9am with one speaking to staff members while the other checked where CCTV cameras were.

After leaving the shop, they returned in a Vauxhall Corsa. They drove by twice, then stopped on the third occasion and one of the men, believed to have been Smith, jumped out of the car and ran at the display window with an axe.
Despite landing “several heavy two-handed blows”, the glass failed to break and shop staff lowered the security shutters.
The men, both wearing balaclavas, both sped off in the Corsa, which was then used in an almost identical offence at Craven Jewellers that afternoon.

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