Four men have been sentenced to a combined total of 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery at a Nantwich jewellers.
Lewis Chalmers, 27, from Oswald Road in Chorlton Cum Hardy, Patrick David Massey, 26, Pegwell Drive, Salford, Darren James McAndrew, 32, Edlington Walk, Newton Heath and Joseph Anthony Schofield, 20, from Dob Brook Close in Manchester appeared at Warrington Crown Court on 21 November 2016 to be sentenced.
All defendants had pleaded guilty to robbery.
Chalmers, Massey and McAndrew pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking.
Schofield pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.
Schofield, Chalmers and Massey pleaded guilty to two count of affray.
Chalmers was given nine years, Massey was given nine years, McAndrew was given eight years and Schofield was given 48 months for their part in the robbery at Moodys Jewellers in Pillory Street.
The robbery was reported to police at 11.18am on Wednesday 27 July 2016.
Offenders wearing balaclavas had forced a hole in the window and stole a number of watches before making off in a vehicle. Officers attended and carried out a number of enquiries at the scene and a search was made around the area.
A car was found in Brine Road in Nantwich which had been set on fire. Cheshire Fire and Rescue attended to deal with the small fire.
Working with North West Motorway Group, Central Police Motorway Group, West Midlands Motorway Group and Staffordshire Police a van travelling along the M6 was identified and followed. Four men decamped from the van in the Staffordshire area and were arrested on suspicion of robbery.
At the time, Moodys said on their Facebook page: “Whilst we were safely protected inside the shop by our wonderful security measures, a violent gang of four attacked the windows with various means ranging from a drain grid cover to a Samurai sword.
“After 2 minutes of trying, and causing great damage to the windows and door, the robbers fled with just 8 Tudor watches.
“Following a 28 minute pursuit by Cheshire police, working with four other forces - North West Motorway Group, Central Police Motorway Group, West Midlands Motorway Group and Staffordshire Police - they tracked down and followed a van on the M6.
“Two Police helicopters were also involved and the robbers were all arrested and, happily, are now behind bars.
“All of us at Moodys would like to offer our sincere thanks to all the Police officers and forces involved in the tracking of the robbers, the controllers of the Cheshire East CCTV system and also the many members of the public who put themselves in harm’s way to video and photograph the robbers to assist the Police.”
DC Craig Stevens said: “This is a great result and highlights that we are effectively borderless - no matter where you run, we will work together to capture you and bring you before the courts. As well as working with our colleagues from other forces and agencies, we had members of the community coming together to capture footage of the offenders and contacting police with information to help with our enquiries. I’d like to thank everyone for helping to put these dangerous men behind bars.”