A gang has been convicted of conspiring to rob an international jewellery salesman of a suitcase filled with £4m worth of precious gems.
Joseph Savoie, who worked for exclusive US designer Le Vian, was ambushed in a car park as he walked to Ernest Jones in Staines, west London, to display high-value stones. He was beaten to the ground and battered almost unconscious after taking the jewel-filled case from his car boot on May 13 last year.
His attackers had stalked him in a Mercedes fitted with fake number plates before pouncing, even ripping his watch and gold necklace from him along with the case.
Lee Gardner (48), of Wood Green, north London; Camilo Carvajal (40), of Lewisham, south east London; Ciro Troyano (41), of Southwark, south London, and Oscar Hicks (38), of St Leonards-on-Sea, were all convicted of conspiracy to rob in the "professionally planned" operation on yesterday at Kingston Crown Court.
The four men will be sentenced next week.