Thieves make off with £125,000 of fine jewellery.
Kabiri’s Marylebone High Street store was robbed of £125,000 of jewellery on Sunday by armed robbers looking for unique pieces.
Kabiri owner Darius Kabiri and staff were held at gunpoint by one robber, whilst another destroyed jewellery cabinets in search of specific items of jewellery on May 23.
Each piece stolen was a one-off design by an up-and-coming jewellery designer. Kabiri said it believes the pieces may have been stolen to order, due to their recognisable designs. It added that the jewellery is unlikely to be taken apart for the stones, as the majority of stones were cut specifically for each item.
Kabiri owner and buyer Nathalie Kabiri said: “We find it interesting that the designer jewellery market is now being infiltrated by crime. It is a reflection on the growing popularity of the designer jewellery niche. Every piece stolen were by designers, exclusive to the Kabiri in the UK, and the items were each a one-off and the statement pieces from the collection.”
The armed robbery was captured on CCTV and the thieves were seen escaping in a blue van. Armed Response Officers and CID attended the scene immediately. The store has now re-opened, minus some cabinets and the stolen jewellery pieces.
Kabiri, an independent jewellery store, specialises in exclusive jewellery designers spanning costume, fashion and fine collections. Kabiri has a second store in Covent Garden and a concession in Selfridges.