Police are hunting a three-man gang who raided a jewellers in Kent, terrifying staff and shoppers. The robbers, armed with sledgehammers, escaped on motorbikes after smashing their way into the store in Tunbridge Wells and grabbing high-value stock. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to eyewitnesses Steve Bovis and Georgina Taylor-Colville.
An Essex man has been charged in connection with a series of high value jewellery thefts in Kent.
Officers from Kent Police have been investigating a number of reports of theft of jewellery items from stores across the county.
- On January 11, two Longines Saint Imier watches worth £4,060 were reported missing from Ernest Jones in Bluewater, Greenhithe.
- On 31 January, nine Accurist watches worth £8,375 were reported missing from H Samuel at Bluewater in Greenhithe.
- On 14 February, 13 rings worth a combined total of £3,317 were reported missing from H Samuel in Maidstone.
- On 19 February, six bracelets worth about £3,200 were missing from H Samuel in Redhill, Surrey.
- On 5 March, a tray of bracelets of a value unknown was reported missing from H Samuel in Ashford.
Officers have charged Justin Quye, 37, of Northfield Path in Dagenham, with five counts of theft. He appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Thursday where he was remanded in custody. He's due to appear next at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on 24 March.
Police are investigating after thousands of pounds of jewellery was stolen from a shop in Winchester.
The incident took place just before 11pm on Sunday at Bellis, Winchester High Street.
Three men forced their way into the shop and stole Pandora charms and bracelets valued at £40,000.
They left the shop and ran off in the direction of St Thomas Street.
A 44-year-old woman from Southampton has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle and is currently in police custody.
Anyone with information should contact the Priority Crime Team at North Walls police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers, the charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.