Police have expressed their thanks to members of the public who pinned down four men that tried to break into Robert Gatward Jewellers in Windsor last week.

The group used a sledgehammer and axe to smash the shop’s windows at 10am on Thursday morning, but failed to steal anything. However, property and merchandise in the store was severely damaged during the raid.

It is understood that three of the men tried to escape on a motorbike, which was apprehended by a crowd of people who held them down until police arrived. One of the suspects managed to escape on foot.


Police said that a member of the public sustained minor injuries during the intervention and was taken to hospital for treatment but has since been discharged.

A 19-year-old man from Slough, a 26-year-old man from Slough and a 25-year-old man from Maidenhead were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Dom Found told the Windsor & Eton Express: “This incident took place in a busy street in broad daylight and a number of members of the public intervened. I would like to thank them for their assistance, in particular those who detained the suspects until police arrived. Officers remain in the area making enquiries.”

One eye-witness who watched events unfold from a shop opposite said: “I turned around and shouted at everyone in the shop telling them what’s happened and everyone just stood there shocked. They were only hitting the windows for a couple of seconds. It happened very quickly.”

She described how the security doors came down and anti-theft smoke filled the shop not long after the robbers started smashing the shop window.

Robert Gatward Jewellers operates six branches in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Suffolk. It stocks an extensive collection of renowned brands including Pandora, Rolex and Michael Kors.