Store raiders made off at 150mph

PUBLISHED: 15:20 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

TWO burglars who stole more than £6,500 worth of CDs and DVDs from a Royston store have been jailed. Jason Grandson Ronald Hagger, both 37, carried out the smash and grab raid on Woolworths, in the High Street, last April. At a hearing held at Luton Crown

TWO burglars who stole more than £6,500 worth of CDs and DVDs from a Royston store have been jailed.

Jason Grandson Ronald Hagger, both 37, carried out the smash and grab raid on Woolworths, in the High Street, last April.

At a hearing held at Luton Crown Court on Friday, Grandson was jailed for a total of two years, while Hagger was sentenced to 21 months.

Both pleaded guilty to the burglary, while Grandson further admitted a charge of dangerous driving.

The court heard that, following the raid, the pair made off in a stolen Volvo, but quick-thinking police, who had been alerted to the burglary, were already one step ahead.

They realised that the raiders' escape route would probably take in the A10, and a patrol car was positioned on an bridge over the road.

Sure enough, minutes later a Volvo matching the description of the one seen making a hasty exit from the town centre store came hurtling down the A10 heading south.

Police gave chase as the Volvo reached a speed of 120 miles per hour.

Natalie Carter, prosecuting, said that as the chase continued over the Ware viaduct it was estimated the Volvo was travelling at about 150 miles per hour.

The chase continued through Hertford Heath, Great Amwell, and Hoddesdon.

When the car came back to Hertford Heath for a second time, it spun out of control and came to a halt on a grass verge.

Police found the driver to be Grandson, of Kettering Road, Enfield.

Hagger, of Carterhatch Road, Enfield, was pulled out of the car.

The court heard that in the burglary more than £6,500 worth of CDs and DVDs had been taken after the thieves smashed the glass door and ran inside to grab the goods

Judge John Beavan was told that Grandson was currently serving an 18-month jail term handed out to him last November for a house burglary.

Both men had previous convictions and each had been convicted of robbery.

Richard Paton-Philip, for Grandson, said a history of heroin abuse was behind his client's crimes that night.

Max Hardy for Hagger, a father of three, said his client had an alcohol problem.

Passing sentence, Judge Bevan told Grandson "It was an appalling piece of driving in getting away from the scene.

He told both men they had carried out a "good old fashioned smash and grab."

Grandson's new jail term will begin on completion of the current sentence he is serving, which is due to end in April.

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