Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Jewellery raid haul put at £40m !

CCTV images showing the suspects (centre) entering Graff Jewellers
The men were smartly dressed

Robbers stole nearly £40m of items from a London jewellers in what police say was Britain's second biggest robbery.

Two men with handguns threatened staff at Graff jewellers in New Bond Street on 6 August before taking 43 items.

They dragged a female member of staff outside as they left the shop and fired a shot, although no-one was injured.

CCTV images of the two men have been issued. The £40m haul is exceeded only by the £53m raid on a Securitas depot in Kent in 2006, a Met spokesman said.

Det Ch Insp Pam Mace from the Flying Squad said: "This was a well planned robbery with a number of vehicles used to help the robbers escape.

"These men are extremely dangerous and fired at least two shots in busy London streets as they made their getaway.

A pair of white diamond earrings that were stolen
More than 40 items were taken

"Someone knows who these men are, they would undoubtedly have spoken about it beforehand or boasted about it afterwards."

The "smartly dressed" pair escaped in a blue BMW.

They fired once while leaving the store and then again in Dover Street where they abandoned the BMW, police said.

The robbers then got into a silver Mercedes and drove into Farm Street where it is believed some of the suspects got into another vehicle, possibly a black Ford Galaxy or Volkswagen Sharan.

The first suspect is described as white, about 30 years old, slim and between 5ft 10ins and 6ft tall.

The other man is described as black, in his 30s, 6ft tall, more well- built than the first suspect, with very short hair.




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