A smash-and-grab robbery at a Lancashire jewellers ended in the store’s owner being threatened with a power tool, local police reported.

Lancashire Constabulary is appealing to the public for information after the culprit threatened the owner of David Moss Jewellers in Moorgate, Ormskirk with an angle grinder.

He took around £70,000 worth of jewellery at 4.35pm on 25 September, but proceeded to drop approximately £20,000 worth at the scene, which members of the public collected and returned to the store.


The man rode away on a black mountain bike carrying his loot, which included white gold and platinum diamond jewellery.

Investigators hope that by distributing a CCTV image of the man and warning pawnbrokers about the possibility of a man selling jewellery, they will be able to find the guilty party.

DC Kelly Rosenthal, of South CID, said: “Although enquiries are very much ongoing, we still need to identify the man in the CCTV still and return the remaining stolen items to the victim who was simply going about his business when he was attacked.

“I would also ask other business owners to remain vigilant and get in contact with the police if they are offered any of the items taken during this robbery.”