Man jailed for ‘terrifying’ smash-and-grab jewellery store robbery

Friday, January 17, 2020

A man has been jailed after he and two accomplices smashed through a west London jewellery shop window in a Range Rover and carried out a “terrifying” robbery.

Ben Wegener, 34, was handed a 10 year prison sentence after pleading guilty to robbery, dangerous driving, possession of an offensive weapon, criminal damage and receiving stolen goods.

The defendant, and two others who are yet to be identified, drove the black Range Rover through the front of a jewellery store in Shepherds Bush on October 25 last year, narrowly missing shoppers inside.

The robbers then used a hammer and sledgehammer to smash the glass display cases and steal the goods.

Having ransacked the store, the suspects attempted to flee but Wegener was tackled by members of the public and held until the police arrived a few minutes later.

Ben Wegener was stopped by members of the public

The vehicle used in the raid was later recovered by police and was found to have been stolen from an address in Wandsworth earlier that month.

Detective Constable Sam Weller from the Metropolitan Police’s Central West Robbery Squad said it was “sheer luck” that no one was seriously hurt in the incident.

“This was a reckless robbery committed in front of shoppers on a busy high street…the shop owner and customers were threatened with serious violence when the robbers where inside,” he said.

DC Weller added: “This was a terrifying incident for the victims and everyone who witnessed it unfold, and Wegener will now spend a significant period of time in jail.”

The Met has also appealed for help in finding the two accomplices who remain at large.

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the outstanding suspects should call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC quoting CAD 5782/25 Oct.

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