Moment cops catch career criminal who stole ex-Crystal Palace owner’s £135k watch at gunpoint

Moment cops catch career criminal who stole ex-Crystal Palace owner’s £135k watch at gunpoint

- in Uk News

THIS is the dramatic moment cops finally caught a dangerous career criminal who stole ex-Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan’s £135,000 watch at gunpoint.

Detectives had spent a week tracking down Adam Yaroo, 32, and lay in wait outside his hideout ready to pounce in a pre-dawn raid.

Dramatic footage shows cops arresting career criminal Adam Yaroo
They found the imitation firearm he used to threaten Simon Jordan in an armed robbery

As the armed robber returned home on his moped, armed cops swooped and Yaroo was arrested.

The criminal ranted at Met Police officers: “Take me to your police station and take me to jail, d***head. Armed robbery, you fool.”

His dramatic arrest has been revealed in new BBC documentary The Met: Policing London.

Footage shows the thug trying to deny robbing Eagles owner Jordan in Croydon, South London, on March 21 last year.


He moans: “I don’t understand what you lot are talking about, I’ve already heard of all this s**t coming towards me, people saying it was something to do with me, it was nothing to do with me, I make money in other ways so don’t try and spring me with that bull***t.”

But officers from the Met’s Trojan unit discover a stash of evidence in his home – including the Nike hoodie and crash helmet he was wearing during the terrifying robbery.

The raid also unearthed the fake Walther P99 pistol Yaroo threatened Jordan with, as well as £2,000 in cash and two stolen mopeds.


Yaroo wept in December as he was caged for six years and four months for the robbery, and four years concurrent for possession of the imitation firearm.

He was jailed for a further six years and eight months for five burglaries and one aggravated burglary which took place between 2017 and 2018.

He had to brought into the dock in handcuffs from maximum security Belmarsh jail after he had threatened to stab cell officers at Woolwich Crown Court.

Jordan had just picked up his 80-year-old father from hospital in his Maserati sports car when he was ambushed by Yaroo.

He had pulled up alongside the tycoon on a moped and used a fake Walther P99 pistol to steal the ultra-rare Franck Muller wristwatch.

Yaroo had pointed a gun at Jordan’s face and told him: “I’ll f**king shoot you, you c**t, give me the watch or I’ll f**king shoot you.”

He then fled the scene and “within hours was selling that watch in Hatton Garden.”

In an emotional victim impact statement, Jordan said he now felt nervous and that his father has suffered stress which hasn’t helped his recovery.

The judge said of the former football mogul: “His 10-year-old daughter is very shocked at what happened to her father and grandfather because you pointed a gun at them in broad daylight.

“You are what can only be described as a career criminal, or as your barrister puts it a career burglar.”

Officers had lay in wait for Yaroo
They found incriminating evidence in his home
Adam Yaroo cried as he was jailed for stealing Crystal Palace FC owner Simon Jordan’s £135,000 wristwatch
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Simon Jordan said his elderly father and he were deeply shocked by the event
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Mr Jordan’s diamond-encrusted and highly rare Franck Muller wristwatch was stolen as he drove through Croydon
Yaroo begins tailing Mr Jordan and his 80-year-old father
The moment Yaroo threatened Mr Jordan at gunpoint with a firearm

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