Armed gang smashes way into jewellery store

A gang of intruders armed with weapons smashed their way into a jewellery store and stole severalpieces of jewellery.

The robbery happened at the Naz Jewellers on Milkstone Road in Rochdale at about 12.30pm on Thursday 22 January 2015.

The gang pulled up outside the shop in a silver BMW X5. They smashed their way into the store and threatened the staff who were on duty causing them to retreat to the backof the store fearing they would be attacked.

The offenders fled the scenein the waiting car which was abandoned close by.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward. The offenders are describedas being well built and spoke with Asian accents.

Detective Sergeant LauraSutcliffe said: “This is a very serious incident in which weaponshave been used in order to intimidate staff and then steal items.

“Detectives are investigatingseveral lines of inquiry but I would like to reassure the public that thisis an isolated incident.

“Thankfully no-one wasphysically injured but clearly everyone inside the store is suffering fromsevere shock as it has had a significant impact on them.

“This violent robberyhappened on a busy street in broad daylight in the middle of the day, sowe believe there may be a significant number of witnesses who could havevital information for us.

“There may have beena number of people who filmed what was happening on their smartphones soif you did see what happened, or you did take some footage, then pleasecontact us.

“We are working with the store to establish exactly what was stolen but in the meantime, ifyou are offered pieces of jewellery which you suspect may be stolen thenplease call us immediately.”

Anyone with information shouldcall police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously,on 0800 555 111.