Jew­ellery bou­tique thief sen­tenced to 11 years

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AN armed thief who raided a jew­ellery shop in a lux­ury ho­tel be­fore flee­ing to Brazil has been sen­tenced to more than 11 years in prison.

Dean Jones was one of three masked men who raided Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel in June 2017, smash­ing up the jew­ellery bou­tique and steal­ing Rolex watches worth more than £500,000.

The gang, armed with large ham­mers, a ma­chete and what ap­peared to be a hand­gun, ran into the ho­tel and bran­dished their weapons at staff and guests be­fore head­ing for the jew­ellery shop.

De­spite at­tempts to re­move foren­sic ev­i­dence from a get­away ve­hi­cle with clean­ing prod­ucts, Jones’s DNA was found through­out the car and on a ham­mer left in­side.

Both of his ac­com­plices are al­ready serv­ing jail terms.

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