One of the ringleaders of the Hatton Garden heist has urged young lads not to follow in his footsteps.
Daniel Jones, 63, repented in court after confessing to an earlier £1 million burglary.
He has now been sentenced to three years in jail for robbing Mayfair jeweller, Chatila, which will run concurrently to the seven-year jail term he is already serving for his role in the Hatton Garden raid.
Seen by The Times, Jones wrote the following to the judge to demonstrate his remorse: “I would urge any young lad who is thinking of being a thief: it doesn’t work, it leaves a trail of destruction on both side – the victims of crime and your family.
“Your conscience will eat you away. I feel sorry and regret for all the trouble I have put my family through.”
The Times reports that judge Joanna Korner was satisfied with this letter, and believes Jones will not return to a life of crime when he leaves prison.
Jones carried out the Hatton Garden heist with Terence Perkins, who earlier this year died in jail.