Bexley armed robber in £300,000 smash and grab raid on jeweller's

PUBLISHED: 15:54 06 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:58 06 July 2015

David Mays

David Mays


Robbers armed with sledgehammers threatened terrified staff

An armed robber from Bexley is facing jail for his part in a raid in which £300,000 of valuable watches were stolen.

David Mays, 33, was one of four men who 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 men surrounded by the watches with the price tags still attached.

Mays admitted robbery on Friday at Kingston Crown Court. He is due to be sentenced on July 29 or 30.

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