City of London Police call for vigilance in wake of armed robbery.
City of London Police has issued CCTV footage, along with an artist’s impression of suspects wanted in connection with last Wednesday’s knifepoint robbery at a City jeweller’s (Feb 3).
Jewellery with a retail value of around £900,000 was stolen during the raid on Haynes Jewellers, Castle Court, St Michael’s Alley, near Cornhill.
The owner had just opened the premises when he was pushed through the door by two men, one of who threatened him with a knife and forced him to open the safe.
Police now know three men were involved in the robbery. All 3 were dressed like workmen with their faces partially covered, one in fluorescent jacket and trousers. The men took a taxi from close to the scene of the robbery to Tower Hill, where two of the gang left the cab. The third suspect stayed in the taxi and was dropped on Hackney Road at Bethnal Green.
DI Edelle Michaels from City of London Police who is leading the investigation said: "Witnesses have provided a clear description of one of the robbers and someone will recognise the man in the picture we’ve released today. He is suspected of involvement in a violent and frightening robbery and it’s important that anyone with information on his identity contact us."
The knife used in attack was a Hampton Forge kitchen knife, made in the USA. It has been available in a limited amount of UK stores since last year.
The words Hampton Forge and Epicure are clearly marked on the knife, which had been cut down by the robbers from standard large kitchen knife size and had black tape across a section of it when used in the raid.
DI Edelle Michaels from City of London Police said: "The knife used in this incident was quite distinctive, it’s brand name clearly marked along the side. It had been cut down in an unusual manner to provide a terrifying weapon for the robbers. We’d appeal for anyone who may recognise the knife to get in touch with the police."
Anyone with information about the robbery, the suspects of the knife, or who has information about the whereabouts of the jewellery stolen should contact City of London Police on 020 7601 2222, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.