Man armed with hammer targeted jewellery store
Police say a five-and-a-half-year sentence for an armed robber will help keep people on the Island safe.
Thirty-nine-year-old Michael Daniel Bergquist admitted carrying out the robbery in May at RHS Jewellers on Prospect Terrace in Douglas.
He was armed with a hammer and was hearing a motorbike helmet when he took jewellery worth £25,000 before fleeing on a stolen motorbike.
Detective Sergeant Darren Richards, who coordinated the investigation, said it had been a difficult case.
DS Richards thanked the public for its help, saying officers were inundated with calls from potential witnesses.
He described the robbery as “calculated and pre-planned” with Bergquist burning clothes used in the crime and destroying potentially incriminating evidence.
The jewellery taken in the robbery hasn’t been recovered.
DS Richards says the crime wasn’t victimless - and it will take time for the staff member involved to get over it – the court heard the incident had a devastating effect on him physically, professionally and financially.