Father and son found guilty of Northampton jewellers robbery
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A father and son have both been found guilty of being part of a gang which ram-raided a Northampton jewellers in the run up to Christmas last year.
Elliott Burton, aged 49, and Connor Burton, aged 27, were found guilty by a jury at Northampton Crown Court over the raid on Michael Jones Jeweller in Gold Street on December 14, 2018.
During the trial, the court heard how at around 10.35am that day, stunned shoppers watched as a white BMW 1 series car was used to ram the front of the shop, injuring one staff member and one customer.
Five masked men armed with hammers and machetes then went into the store and smashed up display cabinets, stealing high-value Rolex watches and diamond jewellery, before fleeing down the pavement in a car later found burned out.
At the conclusion of the trial, Elliott Burton, of Drayton Court, Kings Heath, Birmingham, was convicted of conspiring to commit robbery at Michael Jones jewellers and conspiring to rob a jewellers in Wood Street, Swindon.
Connor Burton, of Manilla Road, Birmingham, was convicted of conspiring to commit robbery at Michael Jones jewellers and conspiring to rob a jewellers in Wood Street, Swindon.
Detective Inspector Simon Barnes, said: “This was an exceptionally distressing incident for the staff involved and I would like to extend my thanks to them and to Michael Jones Jeweller for the support they have given us throughout this investigation.
“This has been a long and complex case to investigate with multiple lines of enquiry, but the team at Northamptonshire Police have shown true diligence and professionalism, which has led to these guilty verdicts.
“As part of their enquiries, further offences were identified in Swindon and brought before the court with the assistance of the Crown Prosecution Service.
“Connor and Elliot Burton denied these offences, right up to the Judge’s summing up at the end of a three week trial.
“Their denials included bringing in new lines of defence for which the investigating officers, DC Scarth and DS Lowe, diligently investigated and were able to provide evidence to refute each assertion made.
“Despite all of the court room drama, they couldn’t hide their guilt from the jury, and I am pleased to say that they will now be going to prison for a very long time.”
Both men were remanded into custody and will next appear in court for sentencing on Tuesday, January 7.
Investigations into a number of other people suspected of involvement in the robbery continue.