March 12 2014 Latest news:
Friday, July 19, 2013
Police have released CCTV footage of a “smash and grab” in west London in a bid to trace suspects they believe are responsible for two linked, broad daylight heists.
On Wednesday two men attempted but failed to batter their way into a jewellers in Wembley, just two days after goods worth £6,000 were stolen from Goldbox Gifts Jewellers in Southall.
Two men, their faces covered with balaclavas, carried out the “smash and grab”, one breaking the window with a hammer before the other reached in to pick up a selection of gold necklace and earring sets.
The men responsible were caught on CCTV in both cases. Footage of the Southall heist, which took place on Monday at around 5pm, shows one suspect hitting the reinforced glass six times before an accomplice grabs the goods as a security door begins to come down.
Police believe the suspects then got into a car and sped north along South Road, across the junction of Broadway and up Lady Margaret Road.
Less than 48 hours later, two men tried to undertake a similarly brazen heist, this time at Saghana Jewellers on Ealing Road, Wembley. In this incident, at around 4.20pm on Wednesday, a suspect hit the window only twice before fleeing empty-handed.
In both incidents a black BMW 1 Series convertible, which police believe was driven by a third suspect, was used.
Detective Constable Johnny Baker, from the Flying Squad, said: “The attempted robbery in Wembley was an audacious and brazen raid in broad daylight and just a mere two days after the first incident.
“We now believe that this attempted robbery is linked to the robbery in Southall and we urgently require the publics help in tracing these suspects.”
Contact the Flying Squad on 020 8358 1751 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.