Jewel thief to serve 8 years

A THIEF whose raid was foiled by a brave shop owner has been handed jail sentences totalling almost eight years.

Maurice Hotchkiss, 32, targeted a jeweller in East Lothian after serving only part of his sentence for an earlier robbery, which a judge described as "virtually a carbon copy".

His latest attempt left businesswoman Caroline Brown terrified, but she defied warnings from Hotchkiss and managed to raise the alarm.

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Hotchkiss pleaded guilty to attempting to rob Ms Brown of jewellery and cash.

Sentencing him, judge Lord Woolman said: "Your criminal record makes depressing reading", noting a list of 30 convictions since 1994.