Liverpool ram-raid burglar jailed at Liverpool Crown Court
A man who ram-raided a Liverpool jewellery store in broad-daylight with four other men, has been sentenced to four years and three months imprisonment at Liverpool Crown Court.
The ram-raid took place on Wednesday, August 26, at approximately 1pm, when five men purposefully crashed into a display window of the Eric G. Milton jewellery shop, situated in County Road, Walton, on two stolen motorbikes. The men, four of whom were wearing stolen helmets, prevented the window shutters from coming down and hit the window repeatedly with hammers, while career criminal Michael Foat stole three watches and display items.
Police connected the ram-raid with a house burglary that was carried out the day before in Heathcote Road, Walton, where a motorbike, helmets and other protective clothing were taken. Foat – who has previous burglary convictions – was connected to the burglary when his DNA was found on a pair of stolen gloves and the stolen display items, which were later recovered by police.
Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, told Michael Foat, 35, of Walton: “You have not learned from sentences of imprisonment. You committed this offence in order to pay off a drug debt. While this may explain your reasons for involving yourself, it does not excuse it.”