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Rolex raiders hunt continues

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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DETECTIVES are still hunting for armed raiders who smashed their way into a city jewellers before making off with £500,000 of watches.

The robbers used hammers to break down the door of Ernest Jones, on Exeter's High Street.

Staff in the store were getting ready to open the shop when the dramatic raid took place at around 9am on Monday, February 11.

A terrified female worker barricaded herself in a window display at the store while the robbers stole around 40 Rolex watches. Detectives say a week on from the robbery and they are still scouring CCTV footage from across the city in the hope that they can identify the raiders.

The gang parked outside the store in a black Jaguar and made their getaway in the vehicle before abandoning it at the Sainsbury's car park, in Alphington.

Detective Inspector Ben Deer, of Exeter CID, told the Echo police did not believe the gang had committed any further robberies.

"We are ploughing through CCTV to try to identify the offenders," he said.

"We are trying to track them on their route around the city to see where they have been.

"We are hoping to catch them out of the car at some point on the CCTV.

"We are conducting inquiries out of the force area with regards to the vehicle.

"It does not appear that they have committed any similar robberies since this incident."

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