Stevenage man jailed for jewellers robbery and kidnap

12:05 08 May 2013

Jamie Kalaiarasu was one of three men to plead guilty to robbing Loveweds Jewellers in Harpenden

Jamie Kalaiarasu was one of three men to plead guilty to robbing Loveweds Jewellers in Harpenden

Archant

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.”

More news stories

17:45
Wing mirrors have been smashed off cars and vans in a night of attacks on vehicles in Baldock.

Wing mirrors have been smashed off cars and vans in a night of attacks on vehicles in Baldock.

17:27
Hitchin Town Community FC

A team of homeless footballers and young people with mental illness and learning difficulties took on their mentors in a match which aimed to raise awareness of a project that works to reintegrate them into society through sport.

15:01
Competition winners, George Francis and Amber Harris with Mayor Howard Burrell

Two Stevenage youngsters will enjoy one of the proudest moments of their lives when they get to present cycling jerseys they designed to the winners of a top cycle race coming to town next month.

X Factor stars Union J have confirmed a concert in Watford as a warm-up for their UK tour

The X Factor finalists Union J have confirmed they are to headline the Barrio Fiesta Hertfordshire festival in Stevenage on Saturday, June 25.

”North
The Peugeot 308 Allure with optional 18inch Saphir wheels.

Peugeot Dealership, Norton Way, benefits from the increased car selection available on Peugeot’s Just Add Fuel®’ offer, making it easier for the residents of Letchworth to drive away with a brand new vehicle, including four of the 308’s six trim levels – Access, Active, Allure and GT Line (excluding GT or GTi).

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Comet e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up