Police search for jewellery thieves with YouTube

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Video appeals for witnesses to robbery at uninsured Shaandar Zewar.

Police are harnessing the power of the internet by issuing a video appeal on YouTube to locate thieves who stole an estimated £100,000 of jewellery from uninsured Shaandar Zewar Jewellers in Bradford.

The video gives details of the armed robbery, which took place on Maidstone Street in Bradford last Monday. It also shows CCTV footage in a bid to catch the four thieves who wore masks during the raid.

Shaandar Zewar Jewellers owner Mohammed Umer, who was at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Fair at the time of the robbery, said he has no insurance to cover the cost of the robbery. He told The Telegraph & Argus: “We have no insurance. It’s something I didn’t really think about. I didn’t think it was going to happen like this, but you learn from your mistakes.”

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Last Monday, the gang reversed a car into the shop’s window and stole jewellery from cabinets before dashing to a second getaway car. No shots were fired during the raid.

Mohammed Ali, whose brother Mohammed Umar owns the shop, said: “My father and a member of staff were opening the shop. They were putting the display out and had opened the safe. Four men in a car reversed into the shop and then came in with guns. The goods were laid out on counters ready to be put up in the display.

“It was about five minutes after they had opened. The men threatened them with the guns. A customer came by and they pointed the gun at him and they swore at him and told him to go away. They took almost everything in the shop before making off in another car. My brother has had the shop for six or seven years and has never had any problems before.”

To see the video posted on YouTube by police, click here.

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