Jewellery boutique thief sentenced to 11 years
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.