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Bungling armed robber disguised as woman loses wig and dress

An armed robber has been jailed after an audacious attempt to rob a jewellery shop while disguised as a woman went wrong when his dress and wig fell off.

Credit: Surrey Police

Ryan Valentine, 39, entered a jewellery shop wearing a long black wig, dark sunglasses, a black skirt, a light coloured long-sleeved top and carrying a handbag.

Shortly after, his accomplice Price, 45, entered the shop with his face covered by a motorcycle helmet.

Credit: Surrey Police

But when Valentine pulled out what appeared to be a firearm and threatened two members of staff, the shop owner and worker refused to hand over any money and tackled the pair.

Credit: Surrey Police

Valentine's wig and skirt fell off, before the would-be robbers were thrown out of the store, in Leatherhead, Surrey, by owner David Dyer, 59, and worker Frazer Wilson, 24.

After the struggle, Frazer was left with a broken cheekbone and a chipped arm bone, and David with a cut to the head.

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Valentine managed to get out of the store and ran away, but the two members of staff, along with several passers-by tackled Price and held him until police arrived.

Valentine was arrested by officers at Gatwick Airport several days later.

Ryan Valentine and Raymond Price Credit: Surrey Police

Price and Valentine, both from Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, have been jailed for a total of nearly ten years.

Valentine was sentenced to six years in prison, and Price for 45 months, at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday after both men admitted charges of having an imitation firearm.

Both had entered guilty pleas at earlier hearings.

Jones, 29, from Weybridge, Surrey, was also sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for assisting an offender during the same hearing.

Valentine has three previous convictions that cover 24 offences and has previously served nine years in prison for possession of Class A drugs, robbery with an imitation firearm and the importing of drugs.

Price has 12 previous convictions all for drugs offences while Jones has 24 drugs convictions.

You went to Cradler's House Jewellers with the aim of getting jewellery to sell for drugs, or for drug debts, or just to get money.

You disguised yourself as a female. It was not a very successful disguise.

– Judge Christopher Critchlow

David Castle, representing Raymond Price, said:

This was a somewhat amateurish attempt.

They have been subjected to ridicule because (Mr Valentine's) dress was falling down and his wig was half off.

– David Castle