UNITED KINGDOM--This is the dramatic moment an armed robber, disguised as a Muslim woman in a burka, blagged his way into a jewellery store, and was followed by three accomplices who stole £30,000 of valuables in a gems raid.
He rang the bell of the Burnley store posing as a female customer, but as he was let in by unsuspecting staff, three of his gang followed wielding a rifle, sword and baseball bats.
They began smashing up the glass display cabinets and made off with their haul.
During the raid last February, the gunmen pointed the rifle at the staff as they put up their hands in fear.
The man in the burka pulled out a sword from under his cloak and began stuffing a bag full of traditional Asian jewels.
One of the gang kept watch outside and threatened onlookers with a baseball bat as his accomplices looted the store.
The shop owner was said to be 'very shaken' following the ordeal, but escaped unhurt.
The CCTV footage of the raid on February 19 last year at Muzaffar Jewellers in Burnley, Lancashire emerged as the four men were jailed for a total of 42 years after they pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robberies.
Rais Atcha, 20, of Burwell Close, Bolton was jailed for 12 years, Fahim Kola, 19, of Bolton got 10 years and eight months, Mohammed Asif Khan, 26, of Bolton was given nine years and four months and Baber Khan, 25, of Bolton was jailed for 10 years and eight months.
None has admitted wearing the burka and police are unsure which of the looters was behind the stunt. (Read more.)
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