Three members of gang of five armed robbers have admitted their part in the violent raid of Rox jewellers in Glasgow.
The High Court in Glasgow heard yesterday how the gang stole 21 luxury watches worth a total of £229,601 in September last year. 19 of the watches were high value Hublots.
The extremely violent nature of the gang was demonstrated a second time just days later when they carried out an attack on a brand of Royal Bank of Scotland just days after the raid on Rox, during which they threatened to kill staff if they called the police.
They had made similar threats to bystanders outside the Argyll Arcade, where Rox is located, as they filmed the gang’s escape on mobile phones.
The three men: Jason Yendall, 29, Arran Brannan, 23, and Jason Britton, 23, all from Manchester, pleaded guilty to both raids.
Alistair Oliver, 30, and Gordon McLay, 32, both from East Lothian, pleaded guilty to the RBS robbery and to handling and selling on stolen watches from Rox. None of the watches have been recovered.
Judge Lord Turnbull called for reports on the men and set a sentencing date of July 9.
The court heard how the gang drove a stolen Volkswagen Golf and a van through from Edinburgh to Glasgow. They parked the van in Castle Street in Glasgow and the car in a lane close to the Argyll Arcade.
They ran into the arcade, which is home to several luxury jewellers including Rox, Laings and Mappin & Webb, all of which were open for business.
Inside Rox, CCTV footage showed them smashing their way into cabinets and showing watches into sports bags.
A Rox employee managed to hit a panic alarm while a staff member in another jewellery shop in the arcade set off a security system that flooded the area with dense smoke.
They initially escaped in the Golf before switching to the van that they had left in Castle Street and driving to Edinburgh.