Beckenham men jailed after £250,000 diamond jewellery theft at Bromley hotel
PUBLISHED: 15:12 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:12 25 February 2013
A pair of jewellery thieves who stole £250,000 worth of diamonds from a Bromley hotel have been jailed for more than four years.
Jimmy Tippett, 41, of Chancery Lane, and Mark Spinks, 52, of Calverley Close, both in Beckenham, pleaded guilty to theft at Croydon Crown Court on February 15.
A jewellery seller attended a pre-arranged meeting with Tippett and Spinks at Bromley Court Hotel, in Bromley Hill, on August 29 after she was told they worked for a Saudi businessman.
Tippett, who tells of his criminal exploits in autobiography Born Gangster, then made off with £250,000 worth of jewellery after talking for around half an hour.
Spinks attempted to flee the scene in a taxi, but was stopped close by the hotel by police.
Officers tracked down Tippett in September, around two weeks after the incident, at a Travel lodge in Ramsgate where he was arrested.