One of the men thought to be behind an armed raid on a Berkhamsted jewellers has now been caught and charged – but the other is still on the loose.
Kane Oye, 21, of Lavender Avenue, near Wembley, was arrested and charged on Friday and remains in custody after appearing before Hatfield Remand Court on Saturday.
It was previously reported that two men entered Bailey & Sons in Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted, with an axe and used it to smash through display cabinets.
They are believed to have escaped in a getaway car last Tuesday before dumping it in Shootersway Lane, near the A41, and escaping in another vehicle with their haul.
Police spoksman Giles Cooper said: “The jewellery stolen is currently outstanding and hasn’t been recovered.
“The investigation into identifying the other offender is continuing.”
A date for Oye’s next court appearance is yet to be set.
Fear is mounting that thieves could be targeting Berkhamsted because of its affluence.
User of the members-only Everything Berko Facebook page Amanda Jobling said: “All the publicity we have had over Lidl has put Berkhamsted on the map for all the wrong reasons.
“It has been widely spread that Berkhamsted is a rich/posh area, making us a target for thieves from across the country.
“I might be wrong. Maybe it was just a random attack, but there have also been a lot of personal robberies too. It makes me wonder if we are going to see more of this kind of thing from now on.”
Berkhamsted also lies on the edge of Herts, so thieves from nearby areas covered by other police forces sometimes think they can creep in, then go ‘off the radar’.
There was a spate of burglaries in the area last year – something police have since put an end to.
Lewis Bentley, 22, of Aston Clinton in Bucks, was recently sent to prison for 24 weeks following a crime spate that included theft from Berkhamsted’s Tesco.
Another of his crimes is listed as trespassing with intent to steal in nearby North Road. To see the full list of his crimes, read the court lists in the Gazette, out tomorrow.