Man jailed for part in £50,000 Bluewater raid

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Gang used sledgehammers to smash into Goldsmiths store in June.

A man who raided a jewellery store in Kent’s Bluewater shopping centre as part of a sledgehammer-wielding gang, stealing £50,000 worth of jewellery, has been jailed for five years.

The robbery, which took place in June, saw David Mays of Bexleyheath, London, threaten security staff before the robbery took place. He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court after admitting aggravated burglary.

Kent Police said he was part of a gang that used sledgehammers to smash their way into a Goldsmiths store in a night-time raid on June 28.

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The force said Mays was arrested shortly after the raid and three other suspects remained at large. The gang has fled in a red Volvo, driven by a fourth man waiting outside, and the vehicle and a quantity of jewellery were later recovered by officers in the Joydens Wood area of Dartford after a search with helicopters and dogs.

 

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