Thursday, February 05, 2009

THREE men who terrified shop staff in gun-point raids have been jailed and ordered to be deported.

The three Polish men stole more than $110,000 worth of jewellery from Jacobs Jewellers in Reading and Buckingham Antiques in Marlow in Spring last year.

Det Con James Humphries, of Reading CID, who led the investigations, said: ?This was a large and complicated investigation which we led from Reading, but also involved officers from Buckinghamshire and members of the Harrow community police team.

"These three men are extremely dangerous and clearly willing to brandish handguns around in the middle of busy towns. They put their victims through terrifying ordeals and we can only hope that this sentencing can give them some closure.

"These men are known to police in other countries and they will be deported to Poland upon their release."

At Oxford Crown Court Damian Kaczynski, 27, Adam Romulewicz [CORR], 29, and Jaroslaw Trzcinski, 24 were sentenced to six years each for the Reading robbery. The two older men were given a further eight years for the Marlow raid.

All three men from Pinner Road, Harrow, attacked Jacobs in King Street in Reading town centre on April 16 and one threatened staff with a hand gun while the others used hammers to smash the glass cabinets and fill a ruck sack with $10,000 worth jewellery.

On May 3, Romulewicz and Kaczynski both used hand guns in a similar raid at Buckingham Antiques in High Street, Marlow, stealing jewellery worth $100,000.

Romulewicz and Kaczynski were both arrested in Harrow on May 9 and Trzcinski was arrested in Marlow a day later.