An armed robber who stole over £125,000 worth of high value watches, has been jailed after blood left at the scene linked him to the crime.
32-year-old Lithuanian national, Rimantas Borisovas was jailed for 12 years after pleading guilty in December 2016 to robbery and possession of a firearm following an armed raid at a jewellers in Piccadilly in 2014.
On June 12 2014, Borisovas, along with two accomplices, entered the Mappin and Webb Jewellers store in Regent Street at around 5.40pm.
The first man, who was dressed in a black suit, trilby and disguised with a curly blonde wig and make-up, produced a handgun upon entering and pointed it at a security guard.
Borisovas and another hooded figure followed him inside, they were both wearing jeans, caps and had face coverings.
According to police, Borisovas then "launched a frenzied hammer attack" on a Cartier display cabinet and stole 20 watches worth £128,740.
After being inside the store for under a minute, the three robbers left.
However, Borisovas shed blood whilst breaking into the watch display, which eventually led to a match on a police DNA database in Germany towards the end of last year.
Following the identification, detectives found that he had flown from Lithuania to Stansted Airport just two days prior to the robbery on June 10 2014.
They also found the 32-year-old then flew back to Poland from Luton Airport, two days after.
Following the DNA match, Essex Police arrested Borisovas when a border alert system on November 12 2016 flagged up that he was due in to Stanstead Airport, on a flight from Poland.
He was then transferred to Met Police custody where DNA swabs were taken which matched the DNA left at the crime scene.
The court heard that Borisovas had previously been involved in a burglary gang that carried out 13 offences of stealing BMWs around 2009, for which he served time in a German prison.
He also has a previous conviction in 2016 from Lithuania for document fraud.
Detective Sergeant Ben Kennedy said: "Borisovas was part of an international organised crime gang, and came to the UK in order to commit this offence.
"The Met worked with European law enforcement partners to bring him to justice and I am pleased that the lengthy custodial sentence the judge handed down reflects the seriousness of the crime.
"We hope this will act as a deterrent to other armed robbers, and shows that we will be unstinting in our efforts to identify, track down and put these individuals before the courts to bring them to account."
Enquires continue into identifying and locating the other two suspects.
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