Detectives hunting Reigate jewellery store robbers believe more people were involved (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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Detectives hunting Reigate jewellery store robbers believe more people were involved
12:35pm Friday 19th October 2012 in News
Police hunting armed robbers who held up staff in a Reigate jewellers believe more people may have helped them in their getaway.
Detectives investigating the raid at Phillip Lloyds jewellers in High Street, in which two robbers dressed as postmen threatened the store workers with a weapon and hit a member of staff before escaping with cash on a moped, believe they may have sped away from the scene in convoy with a white van.
The robbery took place at about 11.25am on Tuesday (October 16).
The raiders dressed as postmen to enter the High Street jewellers and threatened a member of staff with what is believed to be a baton.
During the raid, one of the robbers hit a male member of staff, who suffered head injuries and was taken by ambulance to East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, for treatment.
A Surrey Police spokesman said he was released later the same day.
The spokesman said: “At this stage in the investigation, it is unknown exactly what was taken during the incident, and detectives are currently carrying out enquiries in the local area in a bid to find those responsible.”
It is believed the offenders left the scene on a moped in the direction of Park Lane in convoy with a white van.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Portia Andrews from Reigate CID, said: "Following the initial robbery report, we have spoken with a number of additional witnesses, and now believe the offenders may have been assisted by persons in a white van when leaving the scene.”
Det Con Andrews said: "The van also left in the direction of Park Lane, along with the moped, and I would like to appeal to anyone who saw either vehicle before or after the incident to contact me with information.”
Specialist officers from the Reigate and Banstead Safer Neighbourhood Team are assisting with house-to-house enquiries and reassurance visits in the area.
Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference RB/12/8453, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Specialist officers from the Reigate and Banstead Safer Neighbourhood Team are assisting with house-to-house enquiries and reassurance in the area.
Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference RB/12/8453 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.