Police have launched an appeal after £50,000 of jewellery was taken and a jewellery store manager was assaulted by two men offering items for sale.
Detectives released CCTV images of the two men (pictures) they would like to speak to after the Barking jewellery retailer was targeted on 27 December.
Officers established that two men had entered the location offering jewellery for sale. Having observed the jewellery the manager of Turquoise Jewellers declined and as a result was assaulted.
Officers attended and found the manager, a 45-year-old man, suffering from head and facial injuries.
The London Ambulance Service was called and the victim was taken to an east London hospital for treatment – his injuries were not life threatening injuries. He has been discharged from hospital.
He was punched several times in the face and over the head, before being tied up. The two men then emptied the shop and contents in the safe.
A third suspect stood outside the shop as a lookout on his mobile phone and then entered the shop and left soon after with the other two suspects carrying bags laden with the shop’s contents. CCTV footage was released of the three suspects on 16 January.
The suspects are described as:
Suspect 1 is described as a white man with a black beard wearing a grey bobble hat, dark blue jacket with a tartan hessian laundry bag over his shoulder, dark trousers and black trainers.
Suspect 2 is described as a white man with a black beard wearing a dark body warmer over a grey top, a dark bag across his waist, grey jogging bottoms and dark trainers with yellow soles.
Suspect 3 is described as a stocky white man with a beard wearing a grey hooded top, grey trousers and white trainers.
No arrests have been made. Enquiries are ongoing.