A salon worker armed with a shop sign bravely fought a sledgehammer wielding moped gang as they smashed their way into a jewellers next door.
Dramatic footage shows the man race onto the street with an A-board and throw it towards the gang in an attempt to distract them as they raided Coleby's jewellery shop in Basildon, Essex.
However, this did little to stop the frightening attack on the store and one of the moped gang raced after the man before another drove into his shop window.
A van driver then trapped two of the mopeds by manoeuvring his van to prevent them from hurting anyone, despite them smashing his windscreen, reports Essex Live .
The raid happened shortly after 11.30am on January 31, 2018 in front of dozens of horrified shoppers on Billericay High Street.
Yesterday, Calvin Brown, 19, – who was the ringleader at the attach – was jailed for eight years.
Footage of the incident was released showing Brown and his associates using sledgehammers to try to smash the glass window.
They mount the pavement, narrowly missing a pedestrian before one of them drives straight into the jeweller's window and another smashes at it with a sledgehammer.
The owner of neighbouring hair salon LJR Hair and Beauty can then be seen throwing a shop sign at them to distract them but this angers one of the gang and they run after him and smash in his shop window.
Another member of the gang then drove a moped at the salon window but they are knocked off by a van driver who comes to the rescue.
The raider then goes to smash the van driver's window but he reverses and knocks him off balance.
All four suspects then got on the one remaining moped and fled the scene.
Nothing was stolen during the terrifying raid, but LJR salon also had its shop front smashed.
The moped used to break down the front door remained at the scene when police arrived to erect a crime scene in the immediate aftermath.
Police officers tracked the group's movements to The Swallows, the other side of Mill Meadows park in the town.
All of the motorcycle clothing and the bike itself had been discarded.
Brown was on bail at the time for other offences and was wearing an electronic tag which showed he had been out of his home at the time of the robbery.
He was tracked down and arrested at around 1pm the very same day.
He admitted a charge of aggravated burglary at Basildon Youth Court on Wednesday, March 6 this year.
He was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday, July 30 for five other unrelated charges of robbery and one theft, which all took place in London before the Billericay raid.
Investigating officer PC Johnda Hughes of Basildon police described Brown as showing "no regard for the danger his reckless actions posed to the public and was clearly prepared to use violence."
She added: "This was a brazen attempt at stealing from a jewellery shop in broad daylight, when the shops were at their busiest and we received more than 20 calls to 999 at the time.
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