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Waltham Cross riots: Two jailed for jeweller raids

Two men have been jailed after admitting raiding jeweller shops during the August riots in Hertfordshire.

Lithuanians Skaidrus Grabauskas, 25, and Rimwydas Krisiunas, 23, both of Wetherby Road, Enfield, were caught in the raids in Waltham Cross.

Grabauskas pleaded guilty to burgling Ozcans and Vallens while Krisiunas, admitted burgling Vallens.

Grabauskas was jailed at St Albans Crown Court for 33 months and Krisiunas for 18 months.

Judge Stephen Gullick told them: "It was a wanton and determined attack."

Prosecutor Sally Mealing-McLeod showed the court CCTV footage of 30 to 40 youths roaming Waltham Cross town centre.

The female manager of Ozcans was trapped inside the shop by the crowd and told police she had been left "shaking with fear".

Eventually the looters were warded off but shutters were smashed and stock grabbed.

'Thoughtless and mindless'

CCTV outside Vallens showed the mob breaking through shutters to steal stock and cause damage.

Matheos Lefteris, defending Grabauskas, said: "It was thoughtless and mindless."

He said Grabauskas had since spent four months in custody thinking about what happened. He said the father-of-two "got swept up in the disturbances".

Sally Kelly, defending Krisiunas, said he had come to the UK in 2009 and had no previous convictions.

"On the night he couldn't get back to Enfield because it was cordoned off," she said.

"He stood back initially, but gave into temptation and got involved. He is adamant he did not take anything."

Judge Gullick said: "Those who chose to take part in activities of this type must understand they do so at their peril."

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