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Trio locked up for raid on pawnbrokers
7:00am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
Three men have been locked up for a total of more than 16 years for their roles in a daylight smash-and-grab raid at Nathan & Co Pawnbrokers in Bradford city centre.
Frightened staff members hid upstairs as two robbers in balaclavas shattered display cases with a lump hammer and an axe and made off with £12,000 of gold jewellery.
Javed Ali, 22, of St Michael’s Road, White Abbey, Bradford; Hassan Iqbal, 21, of Naples Street, Girlington, Bradford, and Sohail Mohammed, 22, of Home View Terrace, Manningham, Bradford, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob on October 8 last year.
Prosecutor Andrew Stranex told Bradford Crown Court yesterday Ali and Iqbal entered the shop armed with the weapons. Mohammed lent them his distinctive blue Audi A3 car to use as the getaway vehicle.
Mr Stranex said customers were in the shop, on James Street, when the robbers came in at 2.50pm.
The Audi, fitted with false plates for the raid, was found by two Police Community Support Officers and traced to Mohammed. Gloves, a hat and a hooded top found in a bin DNA matched Ali and Iqbal.
Ali was jailed for a total of seven years – four years and eight months for the robbery and consecutive terms for separate offences of assault and perverting the course of justice.
Iqbal was jailed for four and a half years and Mohammed for five years, including nine months for breach of a suspended sentence.
The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC said it was a sophisticated and determined robbery.
He commended the police officers involved in the case and for also bringing Ali to justice for perverting the course of justice in another case