Armed man in women’s clothing attempts ‘audacious’ jewellery shop robbery

BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 20: Police stand guard as investigators search a property on Aberdeen Road where a 32-year-old man was arrested this morning in connection with the murder of Joanna Yeates on January 20, 2011 in Bristol, England. Joanna Yeates went missing on December 17 after a night out with work colleagues and her body was later found dumped by the side of the road at Longford Lane on Christmas Day. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Surrey Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a man was arrested following an attempted armed robbery at a jewellery store in Leatherhead on Friday evening.

Shortly after 5pm, two men – one wearing a crash helmet and one dressed in women’s clothing – entered a jewellery shop in the High Street.

The suspect dressed in women’s clothing threatened two members of staff, who were the only people in the store at the time of the incident, with what appeared to be a firearm.

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Following a brief altercation the man dressed in women’s clothing left the store and ran from the area. Members of staff, with assistance from passers-by, detained the man wearing the crash helmet at the scene.

Police have not yet revealed the name of the jewellery store or confirmed whether any items were stolen during the incident.

However, the suspected firearm was recovered at the scene and is believed to be an imitation weapon.

Detective Inspector Jon Vogel, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is clearly a very unusual offence where two men in distinctive clothing have attempted an audacious robbery and I would urge anyone who saw what happened to contact police.

“The incident took place in a very busy area so I feel certain – particularly given the memorable attire being worn by one of the men – that members of the public would recall seeing the two men walking through Leatherhead town centre at around 5pm today.

“Fortunately the two members of staff involved in the robbery suffered only minor injuries but they have understandably been left shaken by what took place.”

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