March 13 2014 Latest news:
By Court reporter
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A MAN from Stevenage has been sentenced to six years in prison for robbing a jewellers and kidnapping a member of staff.
Jamie Kalaiarasu, of Archer Road, pleaded guilty to robbery and kidnap at St Albans Crown Court on Friday.
The 22-year-old was part of a gang which admitting stealing thousands of pounds-worth of jewellery in a raid at Loveweds Jewellers in Harpenden High Street in March.
During the robbery a member of staff was forced into a car and had his shop keys taken so the gang could gain access to the goods.
Accomplice Ashley Latimer-Bassill, 24, of Crane Mead in Ware, was also jailed for six years while Daniel Stanley, 24, of Travellers Lane in Hatfield, was sentenced for five years.
Detective Sergeant Carolyn Taylder said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who was held captive by the group while they stole thousands of pounds-worth of jewellery for their own personal greed.
“It was a pre-planned enterprise however our investigation was fast-moving and some excellent detective work led to three arrests being made within just a few days of the offence taking place.
“This result sends out a clear message that robbery will not be tolerated in Hertfordshire. We hope also that the jewellers’ staff and their families can take some comfort from it.”