Schoolboy Miles Alura posed as old man in Longfield jewellery raid
Miles Alura disguised
himself as an old man to rob a Longfield jewellery store
A schoolboy who posed as an elderly man to steal £50,000 of
jewellery from a Kent store has been locked up for five years.
Miles Alura, 16, wore a sophisticated prosthetic disguise to
carry out the terrifying violent armed robbery in Longfield.
He used facial prosthetics, make-up and a wig to disguise
himself as a pensioner when he another teenager targeted the
jewellers’ on July 3.
After storming into the shop, Alura threatened staff with two
Handcuffs and a dog lead were used to tie up the
terrified workers and their dog before the jewellery was
A quick-thinking member of the public phone police and Alura was
arrested in a nearby garden, where two guns and parts of his
disguise were discovered.
A bag containing the stolen jewellery was found dumped near the
The second boy was caught after running three miles across
fields, where he had discarded most of his outer clothing.
Detectives linked the raid to a robbery on a Mayfair jewellers’
the previous month by Alura and another 16-year-old boy.
In that robbery, Alura - wearing false waist-length dreadlocks -
jumped over the counter and threatened staff, intimating he had a
Workers were tied up and the boys escaped with jewellery worth
The pair were caught when their fingerprints were found on
paperwork left at the scene - including a plan of the store and
school history coursework.
Alura, of Camden Road, Camden, north London, was sentenced to a
total of five years’ imprisonment at Kingston Crown Court on Friday
after admitting conspiracy to rob and possession of an imitation
firearm relating to the Longfield raid as well as the Mayfair
A 15-year-old boy, from Holloway, north London, was given a
12-month detention and training order after admitting possession of
an imitation firearm in the Longfield robbery.
Another boy, 16 and from Stoke Newington, north London, was
locked up for three years after admitting the Mayfair
The imitation guns used
by Miles Alura to rob a Longfield jewellery store
Reporting restrictions were lifted so Alura can be named.
DC Angela Costin, from Kent Police, said: "These are horrific
crimes and have caused significant distress for the victims, not
only in the short term but probably for the rest of their
"The very fact that the offenders are only of school age is
harrowing and it is concerning to think that they have committed
such heinous crimes with such conviction.
"The sentences imposed will take these boys in to adulthood and
will give them time to reflect, however it will more importantly
provide a sense of justice and safety to their victims who are
still coming to terms with what these boys subjected them to."
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