A man who attempted to carry out an audacious armed robbery at a jewellers in Leatherhead whilst dressed in women’s clothing, and his accomplice have been jailed for a total of nearly ten years.
Ryan Valentine, 39, of Carlton Road in Walton-on-Thames and Raymond Price, 45, of Thamesmead in Walton-on-Thames were sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday, 19 May 2016.
The incident took place shortly after 5pm on Friday, 19 February when Valentine entered the jewellery shop in the High Street wearing a long black wig, dark sunglasses, a black skirt, a light coloured long-sleeved top and carrying a dark coloured handbag.
Valentine then pulled out what appeared to be a firearm, later discovered to be an imitation weapon, and threatened the two members of staff, who were the only other people in the store at the time of the incident.
Valentine managed to get out of the store and ran from the area but the two members of staff, with assistance from several passers-by, tackled Price and detained him at the scene until officers arrived.
Valentine was arrested by officers in Sussex several days after the incident.
Valentine was sentenced to six years in prison and Price was jailed for 45 months after both men admitted charges of having an imitation firearm. The two men had both entered guilty pleas at earlier hearings.
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