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Robber disguised with prosthetics

Nov. 13, 2012 at 2:53 PM

LONDON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A London 16-year-old who wore prosthetics to disguise himself as an elderly man while committing armed robberies was sentenced to five years in prison.

Miles Alura, 16, was sentenced to prison Friday in Kingston Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to robbery, conspiracy to rob and possession of an imitation firearm.

Police said Alura and two teenaged accomplices -- a 16-year-old old sentenced to 3 years in prison and a 15-year-old subjected to a 12 month detention and training order -- committed a robbery July 3 at a jewelry store in Longfield, England. Investigators said Alura donned facial prosthetics, make-up and a hair piece to pose as an elderly man during the crime.

The suspects were arrested near the scene and police tied them to a June 7 robbery at a London jewelry shop.

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