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Robbery squad takes a hit

Published:Thursday | April 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Police investigators say Richard Hylton, the gunman who was killed during a shoot-out with lawmen along Dumbarton Avenue in St Andrew last month, was the leader of a 'robbery squad' that pulled off a $10-million jewellery heist a day before his death.

One investigator said Hylton, better known as 'Hunk-A-Gold', and his cronies marched into a Havendale business place and announced a robbery before making off with the jewellery.

Since Hylton's death, Flying Squad detectives have recovered a small quantity of the jewellery and have taken 10 members of his Grants Pen Road-based gang into custody on a string of criminal charges.

"I have never seen a robber like him in the history of the force," one veteran detective told The Gleaner yesterday.

One investigator close to the case said Hylton was the leader of the Bottom Gully gang that targeted businesses and residents mainly in the Corporate Area.

Investigators say he was identified as one of several gunmen who staged a daring multimillion-dollar daylight robbery at Dunrobin Plaza, St Andrew, in March last year. He was also wanted for a murder committed on June 24 last year.