Laings releases statement following Argyll raid

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Managing director Joe Walsh praises quick thinking staff.

Laings of Glasgow managing director Joe Walsh and marketing director Wendy Laing have released a statement following the smash and grab raid on their Argyll Arcade premises in Glasgow on September 24.

The official statement reads: “Laings of Glasgow can confirm there was an attempted robbery in their flagship store within the Argyll Arcade on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 12.50pm.

“All security procedures were followed by our quick thinking staff, resulting in no-one being hurt from our store or any stock being taken. Laings thank everyone for their concern and well wishes.”

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Laings senior marketing and ecommerce consultant Kim Murdoch also added: “Our security system is Fog Bandit and was installed by our alarm company Pointer.”

CCTV and mobile phone footage of the incident shows up to four masked robbers attempting to break into several of the historic arcade’s jewellers including Rox, Mappin and Webb, Laing the Jeweller and Lewis Grant.

In the immediate aftermath of the September 24 robbery, a spokesperson for ROX declined to put a value on the watches stolen. Professional Jeweller’s sister magazine, Watchpro, was told: “A stock take is underway, however luxury watches from brands including Hublot and Bell & Ross were taken. The store is closed until further notice and our main priority is the safety and well-being of our staff. The matter is now in the hands of the police and we have no further comment at this time.”

Glasgow’s chief inspector Mark Sutherland said a team of officers is working on the case, and he is confident of tracking them down.

"We will identify you and we will arrest you. We will be using all our resources on the investigation and will work to identify those responsible,” he told The Herald in Scotland.

"Forensics are now working to establish what has been taken and I would encourage anyone who knows anything about the incident to contact police."

He says that the gang will find it difficult to sell on the stolen watches because they are well documented and “too hot”.

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