Wenlok Jug Sentencing
A man has been sentenced to over two year’s imprisonment in connection with the theft of a 14 th century jug from Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton.
Ronald Nash, aged 23, of Pitwood Green, Tadworth, Surrey was charged with handling stolen property and being concerned in the supply of class A drugs after Bedfordshire Police launched a covert operation to retrieve the jug after it was taken from a high security display cabinet at the museum on Saturday 12 May, 2012.
He had pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court on February 11 and was sentenced to two years three months for handling stolen goods and a further 12 months in relation to the drug offence. These sentences are to be served consecutively meaning Nash will serve a total of three years three months.
A second man, Louis Kybert, age 25, of Ferndale Road, Banstead, Surrey also pleaded guilty on February 11 before the same court to the possession of two stun guns and being concerned in the supply of class A drugs after being arrested by officers conducting searches for the jug.
Kybert was also sentenced today to five years imprisonment in relation to the stun gun offence and a further 12 months in relation to the drug offence. He will also have to serve a further three months in relation to a previous suspended sentence. These sentences are to be served concurrently.
Nash was arrested and charged following an in depth investigation which included an appeal on BBC’s Crimewatch programme, the Wenlok Jug – which is made of bronze, stands is 31.5cm tall, weighs 6.1kgs and is decorated with coats of arms, badges and is inscribed with the words “MY LORD WENLOK” and valued at £750,000.
A third man, aged 47, was arrested in connection with this investigation but he was released without further action.
Detective Inspector Martin Peters, who led the investigation to trace and recover the jug, said after the sentencing: “This was a high profile case which involved the theft of a national treasure and attracted a lot of public interest. The amount of evidence gathered by officers has meant that the offenders had no alternative but to plead guilty.
“I am pleased that justice has now been done and that these men will spend a significant time behind bars..”
He continued: “The reduction of burglary remains a priority for Bedfordshire Police and this case illustrates what lengths the force will go to in order that stolen property is recovered and offenders are brought to justice and this includes those who handle stolen property.”
If you have information about those committing burglaries or those who handle stolen property in your area you can contact Bedfordshire Police, in confidence, on the non-emergency 101 or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.