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Louis Vuitton robbers dodge jail


LouisTwo men involved in a bungled robbery of Sydney’s luxury Louis Vuitton store have avoided a jail term with a judge finding they had been led astray by another man.

Adam Achrafi, 19, and Naef Chaouk, 21, pleaded guilty to aggravated break and enter, damage property and attempting to steal a car in a crime spree that turned into a comedy of errors.

In sentencing them on Friday, Judge Robyn Tupman said it was clear the pair had been under the influence of their much older co-offender.

This man, who cannot be identified, was entrenched in Sydney’s “criminal milieu” and was the prime mover behind the amateurish robbery, she said.

He drove a stolen Audi to the luxury store and broke the front glass door in just after midnight on August 8 last year.

Dressed in hoodies, the trio then loaded more than $420,000 of leather goods and jewellery into a bag and bed sheets.

But the foolhardy heist was quickly halted when the alarm sounded.

They fled through the back door, tried to steal an Alpha Romeo but failed and were captured an hour later in a nearby plumbing store.

By that time they had dropped 74 of the 75 items they had stolen in their botched bid to escape.

A ring worth more than $2000 is the only item that wasn’t returned.

At the time of the offences, Sydney’s District Court heard Achrafi was under the influence of valium and suffered from post traumatic stress disorder after being shot twice on two separate occasions over the past two years.

Chaouk’s father, meanwhile, had been extradited to the United States for serious firearm offences, leaving him to look after his sick mother.

Judge Tupman accepted that both men were remorseful and had taken steps to rehabilitate themselves since their arrest.

She sentenced them to a maximum of 22 months but suspended the term on the condition they be of good behaviour.


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