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Woman jailed for robbing Buckinghamshire jewellers

A woman has been jailed after pleading guilty to robbing a jewellers in Buckinghamshire.

Sarah Wilkes, 40, from Foxcote Drive, Shirley, Solihull, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court to robbing Kasim Jewellers in Aylesbury.

The robbery at the shop in Buckingham Street took place just after 13:00 BST on 9 May and Wilkes was arrested at her home on 12 May.

On Friday she was sentenced to four years and four months in prison.

The court heard how Wilkes rang the buzzer of the store, and when she was admitted held the door open for three masked men who were carrying sledgehammers and an axe.

They smashed display cabinets and stole jewellery, valued at at least £30,000.

After the hearing, investigating officer Det Con Gary Huff, of Thames Valley Police, said: "The staff in the store were not injured in the robbery, but were obviously very distressed by three armed men violently smashing cabinets in the store and stealing property.

"I am pleased with the sentenced handed to Wilkes, which reflects the seriousness of the offence."

Other defendants await a court hearing.

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