A FINGERPRINT match has brought an offender to justice after he had tried to rob a jeweller more than 26 years ago.
Barrie Rhodes, of Monument Lane, Ironville, had denied attempting to rob Jeanian Jewellers in 1986 but was found guilty on Friday, March 22, following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Police told how the attempted armed robbery happened in July, 1986, when two men entered the shop, in Osmaston Road, Derby, carrying a gun, threatened a staff member and struggled with her husband before the offenders drove away empty-handed.
The court heard how fingerprints were found on jewellery boxes and no matches were found at the time but the fingerprints were preserved. Police arrested Rhodes in 2011 on suspicion of robbing Lloyds bank in Cromford in 1985 and his fingerprints were taken. They did not match those left at Lloyds but, according to police, they did match fingerprints preserved from Jeanian’s. Rhodes, 65, was charged with attempted robbery.
Det Con Mike Stott said: “I’m very pleased with this conviction because the robbery had such a massive impact on the victims.”
Forensic Identification Officer Danny Redden said: “I hope that the case sends a clear warning to criminals that even if your crimes were committed several years ago, we will catch you.”