A man has been jailed for the theft of Â£120,000 in jewellery at 10 jewellery stores across London.
Germain Fofana, aged 27 (02/02/87) of no fixed address was sentenced to a total of five and a half years imprisonment for ten counts of theft and three counts of burglary at Woolwich Crown Court today (7 November).
Fofana asked the court for 32 other theft/burglary matters to be taken into consideration at the sentencing.
He was sentenced to four years for the ten counts of theft and 18 months for the three counts of burglary – sentences to run consecutively.
Officers from Kingston Police had appealed for public assistance in locating Fofana in May after he stole two engagement rings and a wedding ring from Ernest Jones Jewellers in Clarence Street, Kingston on 18 May.
He asked to see the rings and when they were given to him he ran from the store taking the rings with him.
In his haste to flee the scene, Fofana left behind his mobile phone and bag. The phone provided officers with an image of the suspect that had been set as the screensaver.
After making enquiries officers identified Fofana and on 21 May, appealed for help from the public to trace his whereabouts. Fofana was wanted for a number of theft related matters.
He was arrested on the evening of 4 July.
On 5 July the Met’s Flying Squad took over the investigation initially charging Fofana with seven offences.
He appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on 7 July and was remanded in custody.
The ongoing investigation led to Fofana being identified for further offences where he would enter jewellery stores posing as a customer then flee from the store with jewellery. He also stole from hotels and hostels.
Detective Constable Adrian Whitewick of the Flying Squad said: “Fofana targeted a number of stores and posed convincingly as a customer. His actions have caused distress to a significant number of store employees and resulted in considerable financial loss and inconvenience for businesses. He will have time to reflect on this as he serves his sentence.”
Incidents break down as follows:
1-Theft at Links of London, 9 Kings Road, SW3 on 28 May 2014, Â£30,000 of jewellery stolen.
2-Theft at Sinclair Jewellers, 6-7 The Pavement, SW19 on 25 February 2014, Â£5,000 necklace stolen.
3-Theft at Albone Pawnbrokers, 296 Walworth Road, SE17 on 25 September 2013, Â£3,675 of jewellery stolen.
4-Attempted Theft of an Omega watch at Suttons & Robertson, 88 Fleet Street, EC4 on 5 June 2014.
5-Theft at Jonathon Greeves, 30 Liverpool Street, EC2 on 6 June 2014, Â£4,500 ring stolen.
6-Theft at Links of London, 6 Royal Exchange, EC3V on 20 June 2014, Â£7,600 of jewellery stolen.
7-Theft at Pandora, 1 New Change, EC4 on 29 June 2014, Â£21,520 of jewellery stolen.
8-Theft at Ernest Jones, 8 Clarence Street, Kingston Upon Thames on 18 May 2014, Â£18,297 of jewellery stolen.
9-Theft at Kabiri, 37 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4QE on 23 June 2014, Â£29,770 of jewellery stolen.
10-Theft at J McCarthy Jewellers, 11 Artillery Row, SW1P on 7 April 2014, Â£1,770 of jewellery stolen.
11-Burglary at Baden Powell House, Queens Gate, SW7 5JS on 7 January 2014, personal property stolen.
12-Burglary at Baden Powell House, Queens Gate, SW7 5JS on 20 February 2014, personal property stolen.
13-Burglary at Baden Powell House, Queens Gate, SW7 5JS on 10 April 2014, personal property stolen.