A THIEF who was captured by Lyndhurst residents and traders in the high street after a jeweller called for help has been jailed for 18 months.
Lewis Bale was chased by husband-and-wife Steve and Suzanne who run Christopher Stephens Jewellers on 15th December 2018 having targeted the store.
Other traders came to their aid and grabbed Bale, holding him until police arrived.
Bale (34), of Sleap Crescent, Poole, was jailed by Judge Christopher Parker at Southampton Crown Court having pleaded guilty to one count of theft.
His two accomplices in the raid, Martin Poole (49), of Rosemary Road, Poole, and Caroline Johnson (44) of Whitelaw Road, Southampton, have already been sent down also for 18 months, having both admitted theft.
As reported in the A&T, Steve and Suzanne praised those who helped apprehend Bale, and handed in valuables worth thousands which were dropped by the raiders.
“It shows what a great community spirit there is here in Lyndhurst amongst people and the traders,” Steve said.