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WATCH: Jail time for thief caught fleeing in black cab with £400,000 worth of jewellery


Video credit: Met Police

A man who stole £400,000 of jewellery has been jailed after painstaking CCTV enquiries and the recovery of a black glove he wore helped Flying Squad officers tie him to a spate of violent offences.


Peter Dixon, 44, was sentenced to four years and eight months' imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court on Friday 12 January.

Dixon was found guilty of robbery, two counts of attempted robbery, burglary, ABH, and common assault in commercial properties.


The offences took place in multiple locations in central London.


At around 17:25hrs on Monday 15 May, Dixon stole 510 Euros from a customer in a currency exchange shop on Victoria Street, SW1. The victim received bruising to her face and legs after being punched in the face and assaulted.


At 10:40hrs on Thursday 25 May 2023, Dixon entered a cash office which was attached to the main store of a supermarket on Rochester Row SW1. He attempted to gain access to the safe by threatening the manager but left without doing so.

On the same day, Dixon attempted to rob a Post Office on Vauxhall Bridge Road SW1. Dixon grabbed hold of and assaulted a customer. Police were called to the scene, and Dixon fled.


At around at 11:58hrs, also on 25 May, Dixon burgled a jewellers on Burlington Gardens W1S, where he stole up to £400,000 worth of jewellery.


Dixon fled in a taxi but was pursued by officers who were able to stop it. Upon arrest, Dixon was found to be in possession of all of the stolen jewellery.


While in custody, a fast-time CCTV investigation was carried out by detectives who were able to prove that Dixon was the same man responsible for all of the robberies.


A black glove recovered during his arrest was a clear match to that he was seen wearing in CCTV captured from some of the offences.


Detective Sergeant Richard Watson, of the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “Dixon carried out multiple offences in a short period of time, believing there would be no consequences for his actions.


“He was apprehended as he fled from the last offence and expensive jewellery was recovered from his pockets.


“Robbery is an extremely frightening experience for anyone. Dixon used threats and violence to carry out his offences. Thankfully the victims recovered from their injuries, but the effects of these incidents can be very traumatic. We are pleased the victims have justice.”

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