DNA match sees Regent Street armed robber jailed
23 January, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya
AN armed robber was tracked down after blood he left at a crime scene in Regent Street was matched to him through a DNA database in Germany.
Rimantas Borisovas has been jailed for 12 years after pleading guilty to robbery and possession of a firearm at Kingston Crown Court on January 12.
The 32-year-old, who had a number of previous convictions in other countries, was part of a group who launched an armed raid on jewellery store Mappin and Webb in June 2014.
Borisovas entered the high-end jewellery store with two accomplices, where he smashed a Cartier display case with a hammer and made off with 20 watches worth more than £100,000, according to police. But the robber injured himself in the process, leaving blood at the scene.
Police turned to Europol and Interpol, and eventually a DNA match was found last year on a German database. All police forces in the UK were informed and a border alert system flagged up that the suspect would be flying in from Poland to Stansted airport in November 2016, where he was arrested upon arrival. A mouth swab found that his DNA matched that left at the jewellers in 2014.
Detective sergeant Ben Kennedy, from the flying squad, said: “Borisovas was part of an international organised crime gang, and came to the UK in order to commit this offence. The Met worked with European law enforcement partners to bring him to justice and I am pleased that the lengthy custodial sentence the judge handed down reflects the seriousness of the crime.
“We hope this will act as a deterrent to other armed robbers, and shows that we will be unstinting in our efforts to identify, track down and put these individuals before the courts to bring them to account.”
Enquires are still ongoing to identify and locate the other two outstanding suspects.