Jail term for jewellery store robber

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A MAN who tried to steal £100,000 of watches from a High Street jewellers in Banbury has been jailed.

A MAN who tried to steal £100,000 of watches from a High Street jewellers in Banbury has been jailed.

Jimmy Stringer, 23, of Popham Street, London, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court today (Wednesday).

He had previously pleaded guilty to one count of robbery after using a hammer to smash his way into Michael Jones Jeweller on September 11, and will serve five years and three months, less 64 days already spent in custody.

At yesterday’s hearing, Jonathan Stone, prosecuting, said four men including Stringer arrived outside the shop on mopeds before Stringer used a hammer to smash through a window to steal the watches.

CCTV cameras inside the store and on High Street showed the group leaving the scene before Springer was seen being tackled to the ground by passers by.

Mr Stone said: “It was a well-planned operation but fell flat at the end. They had not planned their escape but there must have been a degree of research done.”

William Woodman, defending, told the court that Stringer was in financial difficulty after being out of employment since 2009. He said: “It seems that when he is in employment he does really well, but when he isn’t it seems to have a significant effect on him. There is no suggestion he used the hammer to threaten anyone.”

Summing up, Judge Patrick Eccles said: “This burglary failed because of the courage and presence of people in the street. You caused £30,000 of damage to the shop windows and it must have been a terrifying and frightening experience for the staff and people in store at the time.”