BMX raiders hit Links of London twice in 48 hours

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Robbers steal £26k of stock from Yorkshire store in four minutes.

North Yorkshire Police are mounting a hunt for thieves after the Links of London store in Stonegate was robbed twice in two days with £26,000 of stock stolen in minutes.

The first attack took place at 3.18am on Thursday, January 29, when two offenders used a metal drain cover to smash through the shop’s glass front door. In a three-minute attack the pair stole £10,000 of watches, bracelets and necklaces before escaping the scene on BMX-style bikes.

The second attack happened on Saturday, January 31, at 2.47am, and the suspects used exactly the same tactics to enter the store. This time they were in and out in a minute and stole £16,000 of watches.

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The suspects were caught on CCTV and police have released images of the robbery. Police are asking the trade to be vigilant, and anybody who believes they are being offered the jewellery or watches for sale should contact the police.

All the watches stolen in the raid can be identified by their serial numbers.

If you have any information that could help police call York CID on 01904 669453 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with crime reference numbers 12150015687 and 12150016893.

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