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Armed robber jailed for £300,000 smash and grab raid on jeweller's

PUBLISHED: 11:02 03 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 August 2015

David Mays

David Mays

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Robbers armed with sledgehammers threatened terrified staff

An armed robber from Bexley who took part in a raid in which £300,000 of valuable watches were stolen has been jailed for eight years.

David Mays, 33, was one of seven men jailed for a total of 64 years for their involvement in 10 smash-and-grab raids across London.

Mays and three others burst through the doors of jewellers Mappin and Webb, in Fenchurch Street, City of London, terrifying members of staff on April 28 last year.

Two of them – including, police think, Mays – threatened staff as they smashed through glass cabinets with sledgehammers and an axe, their faces hidden behind their motorcycle helmets.

The gang fled with Rolex watches worth £300,000, leaving the sledgehammers and axe behind.

The watches were dropped off at a house linked to the gang in Islington, but less than three hours later, detectives from the Met’s Flying Squad swooped on the address to find two of the gang surrounded by the watches with the price tags still attached.

Mays, of Chessington Avenue, Bexleyheath, was jailed for conspiracy to commit robbery at Kingston Crown Court last Thursday.

Reece Dunford, 31, of Osprey Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex, who organised the raid, was jailed for 12 years. Mays’ accomplices - Vincent Kamara, 28, of Endsleigh Street, Camden, Boz Burbridge, 31, of Calthorpe Street, Camden, and Danny St Luce, 29, of Wakelen House, Sebbon Street, Islington – were jailed for twelve, seven and seven years respectively.

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