The culprit behind the violent armed robbery of a Bedford jewellery store has been sentenced to over six years behind bars, Bedfordshire Police revealed.

The armed robbery took place 17 December 2019 in a jeweller in Bedford’s Church Arcade, and saw Michael Chrichlow, 27, attack a shop assistant with a hammer.

Chrichlow entered the shop and expressed interest in viewing some rings, according to the local police.


When led to the back office he then attacked the staff member with such force that the weapon broke in two.

He fled with around £15,000 worth of rings, but was caught on CCTV, which led to his arrest 10 days later on 27 December.

He was also seen visiting the shop and asking questions the day prior, when police viewed CCTV footage.

DNA evidence on the glove and hammer he left behind was also used in his arrest and prosecution, which has seen him given six years and six weeks in prison.

Detective constable Aroop Nandre, from the crime investigation team, said: “Crichlow committed a violent robbery which left the victim with long-lasting physical and psychological scars.

“The sheer forced used by him to attack the victim caused the hammer’s handle to snap. We cannot even imagine the trauma this attack has caused to the victim.

“The attack was also premeditated as Crichlow came in to the shop armed and with a plan to attack his victim.

“We are satisfied with the sentencing and we hope he will spend this time reconsidering his life choices.

“We also want to reiterate that we don’t tolerate violent crime and we are dedicated to bringing perpetrators to justice.”