Police appeal after Jesmond jewellery shop theft

04 Mar 2016 16:07 PM

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Police are appealing for information after a theft from a jewellers in Jesmond.

At 10.49am on Thursday, March 3, police received a report that three men in a silver Ford Fiesta, one armed with a large axe, had smashed the front window of the AC Silver jewellery shop on Thornleigh Road.

They stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery from inside the shop before making off in the car. The car was later found abandoned and set on fire next to St Hilda's church in Forsyth Road, Jesmond.

No one was hurt during the incident.

The three men involved in the incident are described as -

Male one (the driver) - Wearing white plastic cagoule type jacket that was pulled up around his face.

Male two - Grey hooded top with hood pulled up over head, dark bottoms and white trainers.

Male three - Black balaclava, green jacket, blue tracksuit bottoms with white stripes down and carrying red bag.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and officers are carrying out extra patrols in the Jesmond area today speaking to local residents and providing reassurance.

Neighbourhood Inspector Neil Brotherton said: "This incident happened at a busy time in what is a very busy area of Jesmond. There were lots of people shopping, jogging, driving and cycling past the jewellers at the time of the theft.

"We want to speak to anyone who was in the area yesterday morning and who might have seen anything. Thankfully no one was injured during this incident however the staff from the jewellers were left incredibly shaken and upset by what happened.

"We need to find these three men and get them arrested as soon as possible. I have extra officers in the community today and across the weekend - please speak to them if you have any concerns or want to pass any information on."

Officers are specifically appealing for -

- Anyone who was in either Forsyth Road or Thornleigh Road around the time of the incident and who saw anything suspicious.

- Any taxi drivers / bus drivers who were in the area and who have dash cameras and might have captured the incident on camera.

- Anyone on St George's Terrace and Forsyth Street, or neighbouring areas, and who has private CCTV cameras and who might have captured the incident on camera.

- Any drivers who were in the area and who might have seen the silver three door Ford Fiesta driving erratically or behaving suspiciously

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 342 03/03/16.

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