Northampton man admits ram-raid at Harborough jewellers

The aftermath of the ram-raid at Steffans jewellers in Market Harborough on Friday.
The aftermath of the ram-raid at Steffans jewellers in Market Harborough on Friday.

A man has pleaded guilty to carrying out a ram-raid at a Harborough jewellers as well as two others in Northamptonshire during a 13-day crime spree.

Darren Williams, 35, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday) after he was arrested at an address in Woodstock, Abington, Northampton, on Saturday.

The court heard Williams was found in possession of 27 watches which had been stolen during the ram-raid at Steffans jewellers, in The Square, Market Harborough, early on Friday.

Williams also admitted carrying out a ram-raid at Nolan’s jewellers in Northampton town centre on Sunday, November 2, when jewellery worth more than £5,000 was stolen.

Prosecutor Caroline Emmett told the court £30,000 of damage was caused to the store as a result of the burglary.

Williams also pleaded guilty to another raid at the Mobile Phone Centre in Gold Street, Northampton, on Saturday, November 8, where £800 worth of mobile phones was stolen.

Other charges Williams admitted included stealing a vehicle from The Plough Hotel in Bridge Street, Northampton, and stealing cars from Europcar in Northampton, and from St Andrew’s Hospital car park, in Northampton, after he broke into the staff area and stole car keys.

Williams also admitted a burglary charge relating to a property in Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, when a Land Rover was stolen.

All the burglary and theft offences occurred between November 2 and November 14.

The prosecutor said Williams had carried out an “offending spree”.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction on sentencing and the case was adjourned to Northampton Crown Court.

Williams was remanded in custody.

Lee Sherlock, 38, of Woodstock, Abington, Northampton, also appeared in court yesterday where he denied the same charges although he was not charged with the Sharnbrook burglary or stealing cars from Europcar.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction in Sherlock’s case and it has been sent to Northampton Crown Court.

He has been released on conditional bail.