Raiders net £20,000 jewellery

PUBLISHED: 11:45 03 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

SMASH and grab raiders escaped with gold jewellery worth about £20,000 from a Suffolk goldsmiths shop early today.

The raiders struck at Jays Jewellers, in High Street, Leiston, shortly after 4.

SMASH and grab raiders escaped with gold jewellery worth about £20,000 from a Suffolk goldsmiths shop early today.

The raiders struck at Jays Jewellers, in High Street, Leiston, shortly after 4.30 this morning.

They used a beer barrel to smash through the security glass and grille at the front of the shop in the town's High Street.

They then smashed a case containing various items of gold jewellery, and stole other goods from the window display.

Owner John Glennon, who lives at nearby Knodishall, was alerted by an alarm at his house and on the scene within 10 minutes – but by then the raiders had fled.

"They knew what they were looking for," he said.

"They went for the cabinet containing the gold jewellery and the items on display in the window, they didn't take anything else, but I think they may have been spooked when the alarm went off."

Police believe that three men were involved in the raid, eye witnesses saw a man in the shop, a man standing outside the shop, and a driver sitting in a red Escort-sized vehicle outside.

Terry Cook, who lives opposite the shop, was woken up by the disturbance.

"We heard this commotion, looked out of the window and we could see these people at the shop," he said.

"They were not there for very long and then the car sped off up the street towards the traffic lights. The car was red and it had a spoiler on the back.

"I don't know exactly what kind of car it was, but I think it was something like an Escort or a Peugeot."

The raid came at the beginning of a very busy week for Leiston traders as their Christmas season gets under way – they have special late night shopping events planned at the weekend.

Mr Glennon said he hoped to have the shop open again for business tomorrow, but was absolutely determined everything should be in order for the Christmas events.

"We had stocked up for Christmas, this is our busiest time of the year and I suspect the raiders knew that.

"I think they knew the layout of the shop as well because of the way they went straight for this cabinet," he said.

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