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Hatton Garden burglar admits offence in 2010

News   •   Jul 12, 2018 14:27 BST

[Image: Daniel Jones]

One of the burglars responsible for the Hatton Garden jewellery heist in 2015 has received another jail sentence after he admitted taking part in a similar raid at a Mayfair jewellers five years earlier.

Daniel Jones, 63 (1.3.55) of Park Avenue, Enfield, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 16 February 2017.

He was sentenced at the same court on Thursday, 12 July to three years’ imprisonment. The sentence will run concurrently to the seven-year prison term he is currently serving for the Hatton Garden burglary.

Police attended the Chatila jewllery store in Old Bond Street, Mayfair on the August bank holiday weekend in 2010 after £1 million worth of stock was stolen as well as £45,000 in cash.

Officers were called after employees opened the store to discover the aftermath of the burglary on Tuesday 31 August 2010, at 09.30hrs.

An investigation revealed the lift doors on the ground floor had been forced open and two ladders were used to gain access down the lift shaft to the basement level.

A hole was made in the wall of the lift shaft to enable access to the rest of the basement and a metal gate, bolted over the lift doors, was forced open.

The computer hard drive for the CCTV cameras was stolen from the rear office and the control panels for both alarm systems were forced open. Neither alarm company recorded any remote indication of activation.

The display cabinets in the main showroom and corridor were forced open and the contents taken.

The main safe in the rear office, to which the burglars made a failed attempt to drill, held jewellery and precious stones to the value of £40 million.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bedford, of the Met’s Organised Crime Command, said:

“I am very satisfied to have secured this sentence against Daniel Jones who believed he had escaped justice for his involvement in this offence. This result was achieved through the dedication and determination of Flying Squad officers to ensure those responsible for such audacious offences are tracked down and brought to justice."