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Jeweller threatened with angle grinder in ‘terrifying’ smash and grab


A jeweller was threatened with an angle grinder during a “terrifying” smash and grab robbery at his shop last week, in which tens of thousands pounds worth of goods were stolen.

The raid took place on Friday, just after 4.35pm, in Ormskirk, Lancashire when a man cut through a side window and began taking items of jewellery.

The business owner then went outside to challenge the man and initially chased him away.

But the man returned and threatened the jeweller with a power tool before continuing to raid the shop of more items via the broken window.

The suspect then rode off on a black mountain bike, which had white forks, with tens of thousands of pounds worth of platinum and white gold jewellery.

Lancashire Police have released a CCTV still of the man they wish to speak to (pictured right) and have described him as white, approximately 5ft 7ins tall, of a medium build and aged in his early 40s.

He was wearing a black face covering, black T-shirt, black pants, sunglasses and a black cap carrying a black and white JD sports carrier bag on his back and wearing blue gloves.

Detectives are now appealing for any witnesses or anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV still to come forward. They also want to hear from anybody who has been offered any of the stolen items in the photograph (left) for sale.

DC Kelly Rosenthal, of South CID, said: “This was a terrifying incident for the jewellery store owner and he has been left very shaken up by it. Thankfully, he was not injured during the ordeal but we need to catch the man responsible.

“Although there has been no arrest made at this stage enquiries are progressing and we need the public’s help identifying the man in the CCTV still. We also want to hear from other jewellers in the area if they have been offered any of the stolen items for sale.”


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