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  • Daniel Jones is serving a prison sentence over the 2015 Hatton Garden raid
  • He has now pleaded guilty to a separate burglary on the Chatila jewellery store
  • The 59-year-old is alleged to have stolen about £1 million worth of goods from the Old Bond Street shop as well as £45,000 in cash

By Scott Campbell For Mailonline

Published: 10:00 EST, 17 February 2017 | Updated: 11:13 EST, 17 February 2017

Daniel Jones (pictured) is serving a prison sentence for the raid on the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit in 2015 but now he has admitted an earlier heist Daniel Jones (pictured) is serving a prison sentence for the raid on the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit in 2015 but now he has admitted an earlier heist

Daniel Jones (pictured) is serving a prison sentence for the raid on the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit in 2015 but now he has admitted an earlier heist

A Hatton Garden raider has admitted burgling an exclusive London jewellers that made the earrings Amal Clooney wore at her wedding. 

Daniel Jones is serving a prison sentence for the raid on the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit over the 2015 Easter bank holiday weekend in which a now-estimated £29million was stolen.

But he has now pleaded guilty to burgling Chatila's flagship store in London's Mayfair five years earlier.

He is alleged to have stolen about £1 million worth of jewellery, gems and watches from the Old Bond Street shop's display cabinets as well as £45,000 in cash. 

The family-owned firm, which owns a collection of rare and expensive gems and is popular with the world's rich and famous, was burgled over the 2010 summer bank holiday weekend.

International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, 39, wore a pair of Chatila-crafted pearl and diamond earrings when she married George Clooney in 2014. The couple are now expecting twins.

Grey-haired Jones, dressed in a grey sweater and blue jeans, stood in the dock at Southwark Crown Court yesterday with his ear pressed against the bullet-proof glass as he struggled to hear proceedings. 

The single charge of burglary between 27 August and 31 August 2010 states that Jones, with Terry Perkins, 68, 'having entered as a trespasser part of a building, namely Chatila, at 22 Old Bond Street, stole a quantity of jewellery, precious stones and watches'. 

Perkins has also denied attempting to access a safe at the shop containing jewellery worth £40 million.

A now-estimated £29million was stolen from the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit (pictured) during the raid there in 2015 A now-estimated £29million was stolen from the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit (pictured) during the raid there in 2015

A now-estimated £29million was stolen from the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit (pictured) during the raid there in 2015

In the Hatton Garden raid in 2015 the gang broke in to the core of the building by creating a hole in the wall (pictured) In the Hatton Garden raid in 2015 the gang broke in to the core of the building by creating a hole in the wall (pictured)

In the Hatton Garden raid in 2015 the gang broke in to the core of the building by creating a hole in the wall (pictured)

Amal Clooney, 39, pictured left, wore a pair of earrings made by Chatila - which Jones admitted to burgling - at her wedding to George Clooney in 2014 Amal Clooney, 39, pictured left, wore a pair of earrings made by Chatila - which Jones admitted to burgling - at her wedding to George Clooney in 2014

Amal Clooney, 39, pictured left, wore a pair of earrings made by Chatila - which Jones admitted to burgling - at her wedding to George Clooney in 2014

He answered 'guilty' to the charge before Judge Joanna Korner QC.

Jones appeared in the dock sat in front of Perkins, who was wearing a beige jacket over a blue shirt, and businessman Charles Matthews, 53.

Perkins previously entered a not guilty plea to burglary over the Chatila heist and faces a trial with Matthews, who denies receiving stolen goods, at Southwark Crown Court on 27 February.

The charge states Matthews 'dishonestly received stolen goods, namely jewellery and precious stones, of a value unknown belonging to Chatila Jewellers, knowing or believing the same to be stolen goods'.

Jones appeared in the dock at Southwark Crown Court Jones appeared in the dock at Southwark Crown Court

Jones appeared in the dock at Southwark Crown Court

At the end of the hearing, the judge said: 'Mr Jones's sentence is adjourned until the end of the trial.'

Jones, of Park Avenue, Enfield pleaded guilty to burgling Chatila between 27 and 31 August 2010, while Perkins, of Heene Road, Enfield, denies the charge.

Matthews, of Semples Lodge, Meadow Road in Virginia Water, Surrey, denies receiving stolen property and was released on conditional bail. 

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