Thief flees West London retailer with rings worth £30,000.
West London jewellery retailer Marmalade has been hit by a daylight raid in which £30,000 worth of single-stone rings were stolen.
The Chiswick retailer was hit last Thursday by an unmasked man who tailgated a customer into the store, threatening staff members with a knife and a hammer.
Marmalade’s sales staff activated a Smoke Screen security device which drove the thief to flee the scene during which he managed to break the store’s front door. He left through a shower of Smart Water, dropping several pieces of jewellery and his knife, which he had held with ungloved hands, at the scene.
Simon Johnson, co-owner of Marmalade, said: "Marmalade staff are shaken but otherwise unhurt. Given the amount of evidence and CCTV coverage police are confident of an early arrest."
Marmalade lost nine single-stone rings to the robbery; seven platinum rings, one 18ct yellow gold and one in 18ct rose gold with a retail value of £30,000.
Retailers and pawnbrokers in the West London area are encouraged to keep an eye out for rings matching the description, should someone attempt to sell them on.