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 Stories

Yesterday, 14:01
Police believe that Arnis Zalkalns may have information that can help them find Alice Gross

Police investigating the disappearance of Hanwell teenager Alice Gross think that another missing person from Ealing might be able to help their enquiries - if they can find him.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:07
Does he make it through the doors in the nick of time?

Old university friends Noel Carroll and James Heptonstall teamed up to complete the ultimate London fitness challenge - racing the Tube!

Read more
Yesterday, 13:56
Another photo of the dramatic scene by Dan Webster

Beckenham Hill was engulfed in thick smoke today as a blaze consumed a car parked outside a block of flats.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

Do you fancy yourself as a football ground know-it-all? Try our devilishly difficult quiz!

How well do you know your football stadiums? This brand new quiz from London24 will seperate the men from the boys...

Read more
Do you know your Thames truths from the porkie pies? (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

So, you live (or work) in London, and you think you know the river well.

Read more
Diego Costa of Chelsea exchanges words with Cesc Fabregas (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Chelsea have made several personnel changes over the course of the summer as they look to mount a squad that can challenge for the title.

Read more