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Burglar Joe Tomlinson jailed over £50,000 Bluewater raid

Joe Tomlinson
Image caption Joe Tomlinson is the second man to be jailed for the Goldsmiths robbery

A 26-year-old man has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for his part in a £50,000 raid on a jeweller's at Bluewater shopping centre, in Kent.

Police said Joe Tomlinson, of no fixed address, was part of a three-strong gang armed with sledgehammers who broke into Goldsmiths, late on 28 June.

The trio threatened a security guard and forced entry to the shop.

Tomlinson had admitted aggravated burglary at an earlier Maidstone Crown Court hearing.

Police said the three raiders grabbed a haul of watches before running off to a waiting estate car driven by a fourth man.

The gang's vehicle and a quantity of jewellery was recovered by officers in the Joydens Wood area of Dartford.

David Mays, 29, of Chessington Avenue, Bexleyheath, south London, was jailed for five years on 24 August after admitting aggravated burglary.

Detectives from Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are still trying to trace the two other gang members.

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