Three convicted in $50-m St Andrew jewellery heist
THREE men who pulled off a $50-million jewellery heist are to be sentenced next month after being found guilty in the High Court on Friday.
The men — Javed Absalom, Winston Harris and Garnet Linton — posed as police officers and entered a Tropical Jewellers store in St Andrew in April 2011.
The staff were conducting regular business about 11 o'clock when the two men and woman entered the establishment. Two of the three individuals were wearing vests marked "police" with purported identification numbers on them.
The thieves held the store's two security guards at gun point, tied up the workers and locked them in a room.
The hoodlums then made their way to a section of the store with high-end jewellery and emptied the showcase.
Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn was full of praise for the police who, she said, conducted an airtight investigation that led to the convictions.
"We have written to the commissioner [of police] commending head of the Flying Squad Senior Superintendent Cornwall 'Bigga' Ford and Inspector Phillip McIntosh of the Denham Town Police," she said.