Jewellers hit in Argyll Arcade smash and grab raid


ROX, Mappin and Webb, Laings and Lewis Grant targeted on September 24.

Leading jewellery retailers operating in Glasgow’s Argyll Arcade have been subject to a jewellery raid this afternoon, September 24, with a group of four to five men targeting Mappin & Webb, ROX, Laings and Lewis Grant in the city centre jewellery arcade.

Early reports from Police Scotland state that officers are carrying out ongoing and in-depth enquiries into the robbery.

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A statement on the Police Scotland site says that at about 12:50pm today, police were called to a report of four jewellers – ROX, Mappin and Webb, Laing of Glasgow, Lewis Grant – being targeted by four males. They [the robbers] managed to enter only one of the jewellers, stated to be ROX, and grabbed an amount of goods before running off.

A spokesperson for ROX told WatchPro and Professional Jeweller: “We can confirm that the ROX store in the Argyll Arcade, Glasgow was targeted by armed robbers on the 24th September 2014. Staff are badly shaken but thankfully no-one was hurt.

“A stock take is underway however luxury watches from brands including Hublot and Bell & Ross were taken. The store is closed until further notice and our main priority is the safety and well-being of our staff.

“The matter is now in the hands of the police and we have no further comment at this time.”

A security guard sustained a leg injury during the incident. The four male suspects were last seen running up a lane at the side of the arcade’s Buchanan Street entrance.

Online reports by STV suggest that Hublot watches were taken in the raid, though this is yet to be officially confirmed to the media.

Officers are currently speaking to witnesses and gathering CCTV images to establish more details on the four men responsible. A number of YouTube videos and Twitter images have been posted by eyewitnesses, as the raid took place during the busy lunch hour period.

Police Scotland says the suspects are described as 5ft 8 inches in height and of slim build. All were wearing dark clothing. It is believed that they made off in a white hatchback vehicle. A white Volkswagon Golf has been recovered in St James Road, Townhead, Glasgow and enquiries are also ongoing at that location to establish if it is the vehicle involved.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101. Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.

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