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Teen Used 'Old Man' Disguise In Armed Robbery
A schoolboy who used sophisticated prosthetics to disguise himself as a pensioner while carrying out a violent armed robbery has been jailed.
Brandishing two handguns and dressed up as an old man, 16-year-old Miles Alura and his two teenaged accomplices were caught following a raid on a Kent jewellers.
The trio used handcuffs and a dog lead to tie up terrified staff, before making off with £50,000 worth of jewellery. But an onlooker called the police and all three boys were arrested.
Alura was found in a nearby garden having dumped the gang's haul and removed his facial prosthetics, make-up and hairpiece.
Following their capture, detectives from the Met's Flying Squad linked the July 3 robbery to an earlier raid on June 7 at a jewellers in Mayfair, central London.
Alura had committed that robbery along with one of the two boys - who cannot be named - and while wearing false waist-length dreadlocks.
They jumped over the counter and threatened the staff, intimating they had a gun. Workers were tied up and they escaped with jewellery worth £100,000.
Fingerprints belonging to both boys was found on paperwork - including school history coursework and a drawing of the plan of the store - left at the scene.
Alura was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court to a total of five years in prison. His accomplice in the Mayfair robbery, 'Boy A', also 16, of Stoke Newington, was jailed for three years.
Fifteen-year-old 'Boy B', of Holloway, received a 12-month detention and training order. Reporting restrictions were lifted for Alura, but not for the other two boys.
Detective Constable†Vicky Bailey, from the Met's Flying Squad, said: "These were violent armed robberies during which innocent members of staff were terrorised and genuinely feared for their lives.
"It is even more shocking to know that this level of violence was inflicted by three schoolboys who went to extraordinary lengths to research, plan and get away with these offences, demonstrated by Alura's sophisticated disguise."
All three defendants had earlier pleaded guilty at Kingston Crown Court to conspiracy to rob relating to the Kent robbery.
Alura and 'Boy B' had pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm regarding that raid. Alura and 'Boy A' had also pleaded guilty to the Mayfair robbery.
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what do you think?
Windows Live User
Poor start to life by some of Britain's youth! Let's hope they learn a lot of better changes while incarserated.
Let's hope so, but with our prisons, I doubt it. All they'll learn is how to do it better next time.
Yep! 5yrs to get toughened up! They're bound to come out worse! Next time it won't be an imitation gun!
Windows Live User
Simple solution to all your worries that prison is a good school is not to put them in their in the first place, then they cant learn (be taught) to do it better. Perhaps put them in a coma for the sentence period then they will be older but none the wiser.
Windows cant put them in s coma doogooders human rights blah blah blah is 16 to late for abortion?????
Weed, video games, no respect for elders, bad parenting. Etc etc
I agree with everything exept video games
Brian E Gorton
I agree with everything!
Totally agree, Hollywood doesn't help either giving these kids sophisticated ideas.
Why my three children grew up watching films and playing videogames didn't do them any harm.why can't people start taking responsibility for their own actions
Windows Live User
Liberal Policing. When I was a kid the "end o the street" Bobby would occasionally rattle the side of your head with his torch. This kept you in line and heaven forbid that your father should hear about it from his pals at the pub on a Sunday......... otherwise a hiding was coming your way. Didnt matter if you hadnt done anything -- wrong place wrong time........
Windows well said my brother was scared of police even though he hadn't done anything.and bring back the cane in schools
Well my Father was that old policeman after serving in the Armed forces. (I followed in his footsteps) Now? There's no fear!
Cripes, no - don't bring back the cane!
If you 'bring back the cane' in our schools, it will attract certain types of people who enjoy hurting young people and, before you know it, you'll have yet another paedophile scandal in our mainstreams schools this time.
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Bit likeone of those coverall iniforms you see walking around.
gang culture is to blame. police should do spot checks on young ppl, and anyone caught with a knife should be immediately jailed for 10 years, 20 years for a gun.
how about old school knee capping, knee cap norman :) in an odd way prevention is the best cure for most things from health to youth welfare. harsh punishments is a great deterrent, but also investment in youth structure from the governments. children need to be put on the right path from a young age. martial arts is a good way to teach kids about respect and social responsibility, it is also fun.
How about fifteen years for people who make daft comments like yours, Norman?
5 years for armed robbery? Some might say that for £150k that's quite worth the risk.
Windows Live User
It proved not to be so though. Must have used the maths formulae incorrectly
Hardly sends out the right message, does it?
Great pity they didn't use that intelligence on their school work eh?
Bring back national service.prison will teach young criminals nothing.lets face it they get what ever they want in prison these days and probably come out worse than when they went in.only way to get them on the right track is the army.
At that age and undertaking such crimes i'd say they were well on their way to a life in and out of prison, and have probably been offending since an early age. Little chance of them being rehabilitated,there's a good chance the ring leader will be out in two and a half the others a lot less. The police will only have a short respite,they must be ringing their hands at these abismal sentences.