Case dropped against Honiton jewellery raid accused
Prosecutors have dropped the case against a man accused of robbing an antiques shop in Devon.
Silver, gold and jewellery worth £150,000 was stolen from Sanwell Antiques in Honiton last March.
Prosecutors offered no evidence against Kevin Neal, 52, from London, during a hearing at Exeter Crown Court.
Edward O'Hare, 45 - caught on CCTV during the raid and who previously admitted robbery - was remanded in custody to be sentenced in March.
O'Hare was filmed attacking a female staff member as she opened the shop in Honiton's High Street on a Saturday morning. She was left shaken but unhurt.
Items taken included gold bangles, bracelets, necklaces and rings, including 200-300 rings set with diamonds and semi-precious stones.
O'Hare - of no fixed abode, who later fled to Belgium but was extradited - admitted robbery at a hearing in November.
His sentencing on Tuesday was adjourned to allow pre-sentencing reports to be prepared.