A burglar has been jailed after a series of burglaries of jewellers in Manchester’s city centre earlier this year.

In the early hours of the morning on 3 May 2021, three men were seen via CCTV to approach the Salford Shopping Centre.

After forcing their way into the shopping centre they smashed their way into Mays Jewellers from which they stole over £43,000 worth of jewellery.

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Police attended and recovered a bag with some of the stolen goods inside. £12,000 worth of jewellery remains outstanding, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

Then, on 5 May, two men stole more than £54,000 worth of watches from an Ernest Jones branch in Manchester city centre.

The crime spree came to an end one week later when two men were seen stealing £5,000 worth of handbags from a Mulberry store.

A Robert Matthews was arrested later that day (12 May), with evidence on his phone proving useful in his sentencing this week.

Matthews pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary at Manchester Crown Court and was sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

Police constable Andy Shaw from GMP’s City of Manchester district said: “This sentence serves as a reminder that anyone committing burglaries or other crimes within the city centre will be found and brought to justice.

“I hope that today’s result demonstrates that GMP will not tolerate this kind of criminality, and that we will continue to seek out those involved, and hold them to account for their actions.

“But we can’t do it alone. The information we get from businesses and communities in the city centre is vital to our work, and helps us to build our intelligence picture and tackle the issues people raise to us. The more information we get, the more we can do.

“Anyone with information can report it online, or by using our LiveChat service at www.gmp.police.uk. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. Thank you.”