Brothers jailed after raiding London department stores including Marks and Spencer
PUBLISHED: 12:25 15 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:25 15 July 2013
A man and his two brothers have been jailed after raiding London department stores before escaping in high-value stolen cars.
Chris Ashman, 28, of Beckenham Road, Bromley was sentenced to two years and four months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary at Croydon Crown Court on Friday of last week.
George Ashman, 21, was jailed for two years and eight months and Daniel Ashman, 31, was handed a three year and four month sentence for the same crimes. A fourth man, Dean Baldwin, 28, was also jailed for four years.
Between May and November last year, the brothers targeted John Lewis, Homebase and Marks and Spencer stores for goods, cash and vouchers worth £125,000.
The gang of brothers also stole seven cars, worth more than £100,000, from the driveways of homes to make their getaway from the stores.
They would pose as shoppers to observe the stores in areas such as Croydon and Watford, before returning at night to prise open tills using metal bars.
The suspects were then arrested in early hours of November 29 after an operation was launched by the London Crime Squad.