An armed robber who stole jewellery worth £1.5 million is on the run two months after skipping bail during his trial, a court has heard.
Detectives are trying to trace 38-year-old Elliott Burton, convicted in April of conspiring to steal jewellery from nine shops across southern and central England, Warwick Crown Court was told on Thursday.
Burton, of South Acre Avenue, Birmingham, is thought to have fled the country after absconding during his trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
Prosecutor Charles Gabb said: “Burton is still at large and attempts are still being made to locate him.”
Burton and two other men convicted were due to be sentenced today for robbery offences.
Luke Nash, of Newlyn Road, Birmingham, was found guilty in April of robbing a jewellery shop in Winchester.