Career criminal who robbed ex-Crystal Palace owner of £135k watch at gunpoint and boasted about it on WhatsApp cries as he's jailed

Career criminal who robbed ex-Crystal Palace owner of £135k watch at gunpoint and boasted about it on WhatsApp cries as he's jailed

December 20, 2018

Adam Yaroo, 32, used a fake Walther P99 pistol when he stole the ultra-rare Franck Muller wristwatch from tycoon Simon Jordan.

Jordan had just picked up his 80-year-old father from hospital in his Maserati sports car.

Dramatic footage of the "professional" heist showed Yaroo pull up alongside Mr Jordan on a motorbike on a busy road in Croydon, south London, at lunchtime on March 21 this year.

Yaroo was brought into the dock in handcuffs from maximum security Belmarsh jail after he had threatened to stab cell officers at Woolwich crown court.

Sentencing him for the robbery and six burglaries plus driving and weapon offences, Judge David Miller said: "It's set against a background of you having spent a good part of your life burgling houses."


Judge Miller recounted how Yaroo had pointed a gun at Jordan's face and threatened to shoot him in front of his father.

He added: "You get away with that and ride off and within hours you were selling that watch in Hatton Garden."

Footage captured by a bus-mounted dash cam showed Yaroo speed off.

The judge said Yaroo later sent a WhatsApp message on his mobile phone "showing an article in a national newspaper concerning the robbery which was of a well known football man with a pile of money, almost as if you were boasting the crime you had committed."



Mr Jordan's statement said he now felt nervous and that his father has suffered stress which hasn't helped his recovery.

The judge said of the former football mogul: "His 10-year-old daughter is very shocked at what happened to her father and grandfather because you pointed a gun at them in broad daylight.

"You are what can only be described as a career criminal, or as your barrister puts it a career burglar."

Yaroo started to cry as he was sentenced to six years and four months for the robbery, and four years concurrent for possession of the imitation firearm.

He was jailed for a further six years and eight months for five burglaries and one aggravated burglary which took place between 2017 and 2018.



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