A Salford man has been jailed for three years after a robbery at a Fylde coast jewellers.
Darren Peter Smith, 41, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday, having previously pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery during a trial at the same court last November.
The robbery took place at Leonard Dews jewellers in Clifton Street, Lytham, in September 2011.
Smith entered the shop pretending to be a customer and allowed the entry of three masked, armed men, who then smashed the shop’s display cases and stole a number of high-value items.
Det Insp Nick Connaughton of Blackpool CID said: “This was a nasty robbery, and was one of a number that was committed against Leonard Dews jewellers in a short space of time.
“These robberies affected the owner so badly that he chose to close the shop, and so, we welcome the court’s decision to jail Smith.”