Getaway car driver jailed for five years

Katy Brown was found guilty
Katy Brown was found guilty

A BOYFRIEND and girlfriend have been jailed for their parts in a jewellery robbery in Thame.

Kalum Lamptey, aged 23, was sentenced to five years and three months for acting as the getaway driver during a robbery at Robert Gatward Jewellers in the High Street last April.

Lamptey’s partner Katy Brown, 24, was given two-and-a-half years for aiding and abetting after detectives established she had gone into the jewellery store a few days before to ‘case’ the scene.

During the robbery on on April 15, 2010, a car pulled up outside the jewellers carrying three people, including Lamptey, who acted as the getaway driver.

The car, a Peugeot 407, had been stolen during a burglary in Leighton Buzzard.

Two men armed with hammers then entered the store and smashed display cabinets stealing a quantity of rings.

The robbers then drove to Long Crendon, Bucks, where they abandoned the stolen Peugeot and drove away in two other stolen cars.

Lamptey, of Leighton Buzzard, admitted robbery, and was sentenced on March 10, while his girlfriend Brown, also of Leighton Buzzard, was found guilty following a trial at Oxford Crown Court. She was sentenced on April 1.

Det Insp Russell Simpson, said: “The men punched the male member of staff who was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where he was later discharged.

“Three other members of staff and a customer were in the store during the incident but were thankfully not injured.”

Det Sgt Alun Watkins, said: “I am enormously grateful to all the witnesses who were present in the High Street, Thame and in Long Crendon on the morning of the robbery and who took the time to pass on vital pieces of information that allowed us to catch and convict these two criminals.”