UPDATE: Police are investigating a major armed robbery in Exeter High Street this morning.
Just before 9am today a black Jaguar drove down Queen Street and pulled up outside Ernest Jones. Three men in black clothing were seen to get out, they used hammers to smash down the door.
A number of expensive Rolex watches were stolen.
One member of staff was in the shop at the time, who was threatened but managed to shut themselves away in a secure space.
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.
It is believed a member of staff suffered injuries from smashed glass.
Police have spoken to a number of witnesses and the police helicopter was also spotted at the scene.
An investigation is continuing.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 157 of 11/02/13, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
View a video of the scene below:
There are reports of large-scale police activity in Exeter High Street after an incident at Ernest Jones jewellers.
The front door of the shop has been smashed in and police have sealed off the area while they investigate.
It is understood a number of items may have been stolen.
A recent tweet from @StLoyesPolice is related to the incident: #Police URGENT look out for a black Audi Q7 4x4 AJ09EDP involved in incident in #Exeter. Call 999 immediately if seen.
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