Gang member convicted of terrorising travelling jewellery merchants.
A renowned gang member and diamond burglar has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment after being found guilty of a string of robberies.
Mexican, Jose-Jov Torres, 32, was described as having a “central role” in the gang of masked South American robbers who tailed businessmen as they travelled in Britain selling diamonds and gold.
The gang’s first attack took place near Barnsley after tailing a Hong Kong businessman from Manchester before taking £130,000 jewellery and £35,000 in cash.
Further attacks saw one victim have a screwdriver held to his throat whilst in his Jaguar before gems worth £55,000 were stolen from him. Another jeweller’s car was rammed repeatedly before the gang made off with jewellery worth £130,000.
Fumbling Torres, of South London but with no registered address, was foiled after he left his stolen BlackBerry, with photos of himself on it, at the scene of his second attack as well as a cigarette butt with his DNA being found at the scene of one of the crimes.
When faced with the charges in court Torres admitted that he was the driver in two of a string of raids between October last year and February this year and subsequently sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Judge Ian Karsten QC described the robberies as “sophisticated and well-planned” and “truly terrifying for the victims”.