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Staff hurt as robbers target jewellery shop

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 12, 2013

The scene of the robbery at Ernest Jones in Exeter High Street yesterday. Photo: Rich Booth

The scene of the robbery at Ernest Jones in Exeter High Street yesterday. Photo: Rich Booth

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Armed robbers clad in black and wielding hammers, left a member of staff injured after they staged an audacious early morning raid on a high street jeweller's shop in Exeter.

The armed gang stormed the branch of Ernest Jones on the pedestrian High Street yesterday morning before speeding off in a getaway car with an armful of expensive Rolex watches.

They later dumped the Jaguar car at a supermarket on the outskirts of the city.

The number of sought-after Rolex wristwatches taken was not revealed, but they fetch anything from £2,500 to £20,000 each when sold new.

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Three men smashed in the door of Ernest Jones and threatened staff with a hammer at about 9am, according to Devon and Cornwall Police.

A spokesman added: "It is believed three men in black clothing smashed the door, threatened staff with a hammer and stole boxes of Rolex watches.

"The thieves ran off in the direction of John Lewis and got into a black Jaguar.

"Following an extensive search of the area, police located the vehicle in Sainsbury's car park in Alphington.

"One member of staff was injured by glass."

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