Accused admits to string of robberies in West Yorkshire.
A man appeared at Leeds Crown Court yesterday accused of a string of robberies at jewellery shops in West Yorkshire, including one raid on upmarket jeweller Lister Horsfall’s shop in Ilkley.
Kiiam Kirby, who is 22 years old, admitted to the string of offences in which he targeted jewellery shops and banks throughout the region between June 1 and September 15.
Other robberies took place at shops and banks in Leeds, Wetherby, Otley and Brighouse. Kirby will be sentenced on January 23.
The robbery at Lister Horsfall’s shop in Ilkley took place on September 8 at 10.15am in the morning. The gang of three men threatened store staff before escaping with an estimated £400,000 of Rolex watches and diamond rings.
Nobody was hurt in the robbery but Lister Horsfall store manager Sam Brown tackled one of the masked robbers who was armed with a sledgehammer. He followed the thieves out into the street and continued to fight with one until he was threatened with the sledgehammer.
Lister Horsfall Jewellers was founded in Halifax in 1902 and now has shops in Halifax and Ilkley. The business was set up by Lister Horsfall and remains a family-run business that stocks a wide range of fine jewellery and luxury watch brands including Rolex and Breitling, as well as more fashion-forward offers such as Pandora and Trollbeads.