Feb 8 2013 By Hannah Bewley
TWO teenage boys who were chased and detained by members of the public after attempting to rob a jewellers in Edgware have been jailed.
Tajwar Shah, 16, of St Edmunds Drive, Stanmore, and his accomplice Momim Hassan, 17, of Devonshire Road, Hendon, can be named after the judge lifted restrictions preventing the youths from being identified.
At Wood Green Crown Court on Friday last week, Hassan was jailed for four years and Shah to three-and-a-half years after both admitting robbery and possession of an imitation firearm at an earlier hearing.
Hassan also admitted possession of a stun gun.
The court heard that at just after 11am on November 16, last year, two youths attempted to rob Vinsons Jewellers in Station Road, Edgware.
The teenagers – one armed with a hammer and one armed with a blank firing gun – approached the front of the shop and smashed a window with a hammer before attempting to steal goods. They were challenged by a female staff member and a struggle ensued.
During the struggle, Shah fired the gun in the air. Passers-by and other shop workers were alerted to the struggle and pursued them down Station Road.
During this chase, Shah again fired the gun, this time in the direction of his pursuers.
Despite obvious concerns for their safety and not knowing that the weapon being discharged was a blank firing gun, they continued to follow the suspects and spotted them in the car park of a nearby block of flats attempting to change clothes.
The suspects fled back down Station Road before being detained by members of the public. Officers arrived on scene and arrested the pair.
A search of the scene revealed a bag which contained a stun gun and a key to a car which was parked nearby. The car, a blue Mercedes Coupe, was found to have false number plates attached and had been taken from a relative of Shah without their knowledge.
Detective Constable Tim Fines, from the Flying Squad based at Finchley, said afterwards: “The judge has commended the bravery of those members of the public who pursued and detained these two males – I would like to reiterate this praise.”