17 years behind bars for armed robbers

Michael Spencer Delsignore Credit: Kent Police

Two armed robbers who stole thousands of pounds of jewellery from a Deal shop were sentenced to a total of 17 years in prison.

Oguzhan Kaya, 18, from Hinchcliffe Way, Margate, and Michael Spencer Delsignore, 29, from Mill Road, Deal, were found guilty at Canterbury Crown Court.

The court heard how the pair were involved in a robbery at Simmonds Jewellers in High Street, Deal, on Wednesday October 31st last year.

Three masked raiders entered the store with a sawn-off shotgun and a hammer and threatened staff.

They smashed glass display cabinets and helped themselves to earrings and watches worth around £3,000.

Police later discovered a van used during the getaway hired to Delsignore, containing price tags and labels relating to some of the items stolen during the raid. Delsignore was arrested on November 1st.

Oguzhan Kaya Credit: Kent Police

Six days later a warrant was carried out at an address in Bath Road, Margate, where more stolen property was unearthed. Officers found Kaya hiding in the basement and he was arrested along with Kayleigh Somerville, 22.

Kaya was found guilty of robbery and possession of a firearm and Delsignore guilty of robbery. Somerville pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods at an earlier hearing.

Kaya was sentenced to ten years imprisonment. Delsignore was given a seven year prison sentence while Somerville, of Bath Road, Margate, was given a four month sentence, suspended for two years.

Det Const Nathan Scamp said: "This was a planned armed robbery designed to threaten and scare staff and make as much money as possible in the shortest amount of time. The staff at the store genuinely feared for their lives."