Gang admits to ram raid at jewellers

Members of a gang of robbers who carried out a ram raid attack on an Exeter jewellers have admitted to the £200,000 crime.

Three members of the violent gang threatened a female worker at the city centre branch of Ernest Jones, bringing the area to a virtual standstill while the fourth member of the gang manned a getaway vehicle.

While appearing at Exeter Crown Court, all four men admitted to taking part in the raid. They were brought to justice after a painstaking four month investigation which saw police officers from London and Devon working together to solve the crime.

The robbery took place on the 11th February 2013 when three of the robbers entered the store during business hours and threatened staff member Nicola Bell. They then used a hammer to break into several jewellery display cabinets before making off with 30 top-of-the –range Rolex watches. The robbers then jumped into a Jaguar and drove off at high speed.

The robbers were later apprehended at a number of addresses in the south eastern area of the town and all pled guilty to the crimes when they first appeared in court together. They were then remanded in custody until sentencing.

Barry Cotter, the judge presiding over their case, said:

“The judge who sentences this case will have to look very carefully at the background and the sentencing guidelines, but it is clearly a very serious offence.”

Vulnerable shop owners are advised to take precautions, such as installing security shutters, window bars and retractable grills in order to avoid ram raids and burglaries on their premises.

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