Wigan hit by second smash and grab in two weeks

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Offenders attempted to rob Uncles Jewellers and Pawnbrokers in Wigan.

Two offenders on a motorbike smashed their way into a jewellery store in Wigan on Saturday April 11 2015, using a sledgehammer to forcefully open the internal door.

The robbery happened at the Uncle Jewellers and Pawn Brokers on Chapel Street in Pemberton, Wigan just before 1.30pm. This robbery is similar to one that happened at Neil Kay’s Jewellers, Wigan last week.

According to the Greater Manchester Police the offenders pulled up outside the store and charged into the shop brandishing the sledgehammer and the axe. One of the thieves used the hammer to smash through the internal wooden door while the other used the axe to smash the security glass.

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A brave member of staff managed to hold the thieves back by barricading the door, even going as far as to push one of them back through the broken security window.

They then got back onto the bike and rode off empty-handed, but not before threatening a startled member of the public with the axe.

Detective Constable Kevin Telford said: "This attempted robbery happened in the middle of the day, in broad daylight, on a busy Saturday afternoon in Pemberton town centre.

"It caused a lot of commotion and I have no doubt there are lots of potential witnesses who saw what happened and could have vital information for us. We have obtained a large number of names of members of the public present in the area at the relevant time but I would ask for those people who have not yet spoken to police to contact us.

"There was a very similar robbery at Neil Kay’s Jewellers in Wigan town centre last week, where again the offenders used a motorbike and a sledgehammer to try and steal jewellery, so we are looking into whether these two incidents are linked.

"The shop worker showed incredible bravery in the face of adversity to hold these two thieves back and I would like to commend them for their actions. We now need to find those responsible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

A brave member of the public managed to photograph the to offenders on their phone, which can be seen above courtesy of the Police and Manchester Evening News. 

 

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