Jewels stolen in robbery

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MASKED raiders stole £20,000 of jewellery from a pawnbrokers.

Three men entered Harvey and Thompson Pawnbrokers on Bradshawgate, Leigh armed with hammers and threatened staff.

Two of the men forced staff to open the door to the window display. The third man threatened other staff members to open the cash register during the incident which happened at around 5pm on Thursday, December 15. The gang stashed the gold and silver jewellery and cash into a brown-coloured duvet cover then got into a stolen pale blue-coloured Golf and drove off. The car was later found burned out and it is believed the offenders switched to a red Mini which had earlier been stolen from Standish.

The thieves used a concrete slab to smash their way through the window of the Standish property before stealing the cars. No-one was injured in either incident. The three offenders are described as white and wearing dark clothing with scarves and gloves.

DC Suzanne Rigby, of Wigan CID, said: “The people we are looking for are not afraid to use violence and intimidation, so it is important we catch them. Anyone offered jewellery from anyone other than a licensed dealer should call us.“

Call Wigan CID on 0161 856 7295.