FOUR men, who were part of a dangerous gang of armed robbers, are now behind bars for stealing £250,000 of Rolex watches from a Worthing jewellers.
The thieves struck at GH Pressley & Son in South Street, on March 3, 2009, when dressed in boiler suits and masks they smashed their way into the store and took around 30 of the high-end brand watches.
The armed robbery was one of several carried out across Sussex by the gang of 11 men between 2008 and 2010. Sussex Police were part of a multi-force investigation, led by the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad, which helped to bring them to court.
James Stewart, 28, from Maidstone, Kent, Lee Fairbank, 31, of no fixed address, Charles Sadler, 22, from London and Mark Hardy, 25, from Bournemouth, appeared at Kingston-Upon-Thames Crown Court last week for sentencing.
Stewart was sentenced to 14 years in prison for 10 counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and five counts of conspiracy to commit burglary.
Fairbank received 15 years behind bars for five counts of conspiracy to commit robbery.
Sadler will spend 11 years in prison for six counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, one of conspiracy to burgle and one of conspiracy to steal, while Hardy got eight years for four counts of conspiracy to commit robbery and one of conspiracy to commit burglary.
For a full report of the case, see this Thursday’s Worthing Herald.