Aug 16 2012 By James Gates
Andre Arhin-Acquaah, jailed for attempted robbery.
A PAIR of thugs who smashed through a Southall shop window in broad daylight have been jailed for attempted robbery.
Andre Arhin-Acquaah, 21, of Garrick Road, Greenford, and Leon Kane of Morden were sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on Monday.
Kane, 21, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years jail and Arhin-Acquaah was given a four-year sentence.
Arhin-Acquaah was also sentenced to four years on eight charges of supplying heroin and crack cocaine to officers during a test-purchase operation in Hammersmith in November and December last year.
And because it was his third conviction for supplying drugs, the two jail sentences are to run consecutively.
A 17-year-old who had admitted attempted robbery was given a two-year detention and training order in December.
The court heard that the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, met Ahrin-Acquaah and Kane on October 4 last year, to travel to Southall in Kane’s car, which was a light blue Ford Fiesta with false number plates.
Just after noon, the teenager and Ahrin-Acquaah were at Ramesh Jewellers in Southall Broadway armed with a sledgehammer. Both had hoods up and their faces covered.
They smashed the shop window and when a security guard attempted to intervene, the teenager drew back as if to hit him with the sledgehammer, the court was told
The security guard continued to confront them and the pair fled along Southall Broadway and into Oswald Road, where they got into the Ford Fiesta and drove away.
Police found the car abandoned in Beaconsfield Road, with the keys still in the ignition.
At about 3.45pm that afternoon, Kane called 999 and reported that his car had been stolen during a car-jacking in west London earlier that morning.
Arhin-Acquaah and Kane initially denied attempted robbery, but later admitted the offence.
Detective Constable Neil Webb of the North West London Flying Squad said: “The public will be reassured that both these men are now behind bars. This case demonstrates to anyone who may be tempted to take part in a smash-and-grab that we will trace those involved and put them before the courts.”