Police release Hamilton & Inches armed raid update

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Police confirm £800,000 of product stolen from display cases.

Police officers in Edinburgh are issuing a fresh appeal for witnesses to come forward after another car linked to a raid at Hamilton & Inches was discovered in the north of the city.

Enquiries have picked up the pace regarding the armed robbery which saw £1 million worth of product stolen from the retailer, including items by Stephen Webster, Georg Jensen, Coleman Douglas Pearls, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Zenith, Bremont and Omega.

The robbery, that took place on Friday June 6, involved three men dressed in dark clothing who entered the store at around 11.40am. They then proceeded to threaten staff with bladed weapon before smashing a number of display cabinets and stealing the items inside.

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Police reports confirm a £325,000 diamond Chatila necklace and eight Patek Phillipe watches ranging from £22,000 to £66,000 were stolen.

All of the suspects were then seen entering a white BMW car, which was recovered a short time later on Gloucester Lane.

However, police can now reveal that the men abandoned the white car in favour of a dark blue Honda CRV heading towards Stockbridge.

The Honda, a late 2007 model, would have contained at least four people and it is thought to have travelled north along Gloucester Road on to Kerr Street, then through the main Stockbridge throughfare towards Raeburn Place.

The car has now been recovered abandoned in a car park at East Pilton Farm Rigg in Edinburgh.

Detective Inspector Carol Craig is urging any members of the public who may have seen the vehicle in Edinburgh on Friday June 6 to get in touch with Police Scotland immediately.

“The response we have had from members of the public to this very serious incident has been terrific so far,” said Detective Inspector Craig, who has been leading the investigation into the armed robbery.

“But those responsible have still to be identified and we hope that the recovery of the dark blue Honda CRV could prove crucial. We are appealing for anyone who may have seen the vehicle being driven in Stockbridge around the time of the robbery or being dumped at East Pilton Farm Rigg to come forward.”

An inventory of all the stolen items continues to be undertaken but it has emerged that over £800,000 worth of jewellery was taken from the window displays alone.

Detective Inspector Craig added: “This was clearly a very high-value robbery and the items involved very precious pieces of jewellery. It was also a frightening experience for the staff at the shop and we are working hard to establish exactly what happened.”

Anyone with any information on the Hamilton & Inches armed robbery can contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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