Salon worker fights off moped gang with shop sign to stop them smashing their way into jewellers with sledgehammers as ringleader as jailed for eight years
- Video shows thugs on three mopeds driving into Coleby’s Jewellers in Billiceray
- Use sledgehammers to smash glass before a shopkeeper tries to distract them
- Seconds later a brave van driver boxed them in and forced the attackers to flee
- Gang ringleader Calvin Brown, 19, arrested later the same day and jailed today
This is the moment a salon worker fought off a moped gang with a shop sign to stop them smashing their way into a jewellers with sledgehammers.
Footage shows robbers on three mopeds driving onto the pavement outside Coleby’s Jewellers in Billiceray, Essex, before jumping off and using sledgehammers to try and break the glass front.
Seconds later, the owner of the hairdressers next door runs out and throws the sign in a brave attempt to distract them, prompting one of the thugs to attack their shop too.
Footage shows robbers on three mopeds driving onto the pavement outside Coleby’s Jewellers in Billiceray, Essex, before jumping off and using sledgehammers to try and break the glass front. Seconds later, a brave shopkeeper flings a sign at them (pictured)
The terrifying assault continued until a driver trapped two of the mopeds with his van, despite them smashing his windscreen.
Afterwards, all four attackers then got on the remaining moped and fled.
Police traced them to the area of The Swallows, where all the motorcycle clothing and the bike itself had been discarded.
Ringleader Calvin Brown, 19, was arrested later the same day.
He had been on bail at the time for other offences, with conditions that he wear an electronic tag, not leave his address from 7pm until 7am, and not enter the area within the M25 border.
The electric tag’s monitoring system showed he had been out of his home between 10.33am and 11.45am on the day of the incident and then left again at 12.35pm and he was arrested at 1pm.
The brave intervention prompted one of the attackers to smash the windows of the neighbouring shop too (left). They were then interrupted by a van driver moving along the pavement to block them off
Afterwards, all four attackers then got on the remaining moped and fled. Ringleader Calvin Brown, 19, was arrested later the same day
Brown, of Billericay, admitted a charge of aggravated burglary at Basildon Youth Court on Wednesday, March 6.
Brown admitted a charge of aggravated burglary at Basildon Youth Court
Sentencing was adjourned until Tuesday, July 30.
Brown was also sentenced for five unrelated charges of robbery and one of theft, which happened in London before January 31, 2018.
He was jailed for a total of eight years for all the offences.
Investigating officer PC Johnda Hughes from Basildon LPT said: ‘This was a brazen attempt at stealing from a jewellery shop in broad daylight, when the shops were at their busiest and we received more than 20 calls to 999 at the time.
‘Brown showed no regard for the danger his reckless actions posed to the public and was clearly prepared to use violence.
‘Thankfully no-one was hurt and nothing was stolen.’
The judge recommended that the salon worker and van driver each receive a High Sheriff Award.