Asian jewellery hoard raid in east London sparks police appeal

11:01 09 June 2012

The police are investigating

The police are investigating

Archant

Thieves attacked two shop workers and stole Asian jewellery worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, in east London.

Two men stole ore than 500 items worth about £600,000 were stolen from the Aron Jewellers in High Street North, East Ham.

A woman and elderly man who work at the store were tied up and gagged for nearly half an hour while the crooks emptied display cabinets of bracelets, necklaces, bangles and rings, said the Metropolitan Police.

Aron Jewellers specialises in Asian jewellery and many items are purchased by clients specifically for Asian weddings, police said.

It happened on May 29.

She recognised the men who had visited the shop on three occasions the previous day and left a £20 deposit on a gold chain, police said.

The suspects asked to view another item of jewellery in a display cabinet before one of the men jumped over the display counter.

The suspects are described as men, both Asian, possibly from Pakistan and aged between 30 and 40. One was wearing a yellow top with a black and white stripe at the bottom. The other was wearing a black hooded top.

It is believed the men could have been in the area for about half an hour waiting for the staff to replenish the displays with jewellery, which is kept in a secure place overnight.

The Met said every item of jewellery has the owner’s certified hallmark and can be easily identified. The street is very busy, with many pedestrians and vehicles, police said.

Call the Flying Squad, North East Branch with information on 020 8345 4226. Ask for Dc John Conner or Dc Simon Cuthbertson.

Latest Crime news

Friday, April 29, 2016
One of the crashed cars found near Ferry Lane, Rainham

People will be killed if street racers keep performing illegal late night stunts in front of hundreds of onlookers at an industrial estate, police have warned.

Friday, April 29, 2016
Do you recognise this car?

A hit-and-run collision in Forest Gate has left a man in his fifties unable to use his right arm.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Tsvetomir Georgiev exposed himself to women on many Tube trains (Picture: BTP)

A ‘persistent pervert’ travelled around the London Underground ‘targeting lone women’ - engaging the women in conversation before ‘touching himself inappropriately’ in front of them, inciting ‘considerable fear’.

Thursday, April 28, 2016
British Transport Police think this man could have vital information (Photo: BTP)

Police are hunting a pervert who stalked a woman even when she changed trains.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Maxine Benson stabbed Alfie Stone in the heart (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

A woman has been found guilty of stabbing a 18-year-old boy to death outside a Tesco Express in Ickenham, west London, because she thought he had eaten her pasta.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The shootings took place in Hilltop Avenue, left, and Kingsbury Road (Pic: Google)

Warring gangs are believed to behind a violent-fuelled weekend which saw four people injured in two double shootings in Brent.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more
Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport