Captured on video: Estonian in £100m raids gang jailed

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THE ninth member of an international gang of jewellery thieves who targeted high-end stores has been jailed for nine years for robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

Janno Heinola, a 33-year-old Estonian man, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court yesterday for his part in a series of multi-million pound armed robberies across Europe, including four raids at Berrys jewellers in Leeds.

Gang member Janno Heinola

Gang member Janno Heinola

He pleaded guilty to robbery and firearm offences from a 2005 raid at Berrys in Leeds, where the gang escaped with over £92,000 worth of expensive watches.

In February he was extradited by West Yorkshire detectives from Dusseldorf, Germany, after completing a jail term for an earlier robbery.

In the 2007 raid at Berrys in Albion Street, gang members escaped with jewellery worth over £374,000 pounds.

In total they are thought to have netted in excess of £2m in UK raids, and in excess of £100m across Europe.

The gang caught cheap flights into the country on budget airlines before being met by a ‘fixer’ who gave them details of the planned robberies. The gang would then fly out after the robberies had taken place.