Goldsmiths in Ilford robbed of £90k of Rolexes

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Smash-and-grab duo escaped with 33 watches after terrifying staff.

Smash-and-grab thieves stole £90,000 worth of Rolex watches when they hit a Goldsmiths store in Exchange Ilford on Tuesday.

Two men stormed the shop armed with a baton and a hammer and proceeded to smash through the glass window display and grab 33 Rolex watches with individual retail values of between £3,000 and £6,000. One man acted as a lookout while the other bundled the watches into a bag.

The attack took place at 9.50am and there was one customer in the store along with branch staff. Goldsmiths Exchange Ilford deputy manager Scott Morrison described the attack as frightening.

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He told local paper The Recorder: “We were scared for our own safety and quickly moved out of the way. They must have only been in the window for less than half a minute before cycling away towards the car park.”

Police are now on the hunt for the thieves and are appealing for any witnesses.

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