Violent gang escapes with £200,000 worth of jewellery from dawn raid.
Northampton jeweller Steffans was subjected to a violent raid by an armed gang last week who attacked the company’s senior goldsmith before scooping £200,000 worth of jewellery and watches.
One member of the gang was arrested this week, according to Steffans owner Steff Suter, and a diamond ring was recovered in Leicester.
Police are still searching for rest of the gang, and the stolen jewellery, and are guarding Steffan’s second store in Market Harborough.
The raid took place at 7.30am on Friday, December 17. Steffans had been opening early for several weeks to deal with a massive surge in orders via the steffans.co.uk web site.
“The gang arrived looking like workmen in high visibility jackets. They whacked my master goldsmith in the face, who had to be taken to hospital, before raiding the shop,” Mr Suter disclosed. Two other women were forced to the floor as the robbers smashed their way into cabinets housing the shop’s most valuable items.
Mr Suter told Professional Jeweller only the day before the robbery that online sales were up by 300 percent over the same period last year, while total sales, including in-store were up 50 percent in December.
Northamptonshire Police are appealing for anybody who might have information on the robbery, or who have been offered stolen goods to call them on 03000 111 222.