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Police step up hunt for armed robbers
Thursday, 02 August 2012
ROBBER: CCTV of one of the men police are hunting.
DETECTIVES are stepping up investigations into an armed robbery.
They have released a CCTV image of one of three men who held up Goldsmiths Jewellery Store at Lakeside Shopping Centre last month.
Police have confirmed the robbers threatened staff with a hammer and an axe and forced them to hand over about 30 Rolex watches valued at almost £170,000 shortly before 10.30am on Thursday, July 19.
Investigating officer, DC Joanne Borawski, said: “These three men clearly had no concerns for the welfare of the staff or any customers when they burst into the shop wielding these weapons and frightening people. It’s difficult to identify the man in the image but we’re hoping someone can help us with other elements of the investigation.”
The three men, who were all wearing dark clothing with hoodies and scarves across their faces, escaped in a black Audi A1 hatchback.
The car was found abandoned in Grifon Road, Chafford Hundred, a few hours after the robbery. Police inquiries have since revealed that the car was stolen from a business in West London on Monday, July 16.
A female member of staff at the jewellery store in Lakeside suffered minor injuries, but did not require any medical treatment.
The victim and other staff were shocked by the incident, which sparked a search of the local area by armed police and the police helicopter.
Anyone with information should contact Grays police station on 101.
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