Three masked robbers smashed their way into a Manchester department store and escaped with £1million worth of watches yesterday.
The bold crooks wore high visibility clothing and used axes and crowbars to break into Selfridges, Exchange Square, before making off with around 100 watches – including designer brands Audermars Piguet, Jaeger le Coultre, Hublot and Cartier.
After staff and customers were left terrified, the trio fled the scene in a black Mercedes Benz getaway car before abandoning the vehicle a mile away on Robert Street, Strangeways, minutes later.
Detective Constable Adam Cronshaw, said: “This was a brazen robbery while the store was open and busy with members of the public.
“It was clearly well planned and executed. These men were in and out in less than 80 seconds and were very particular about the watches they selected.
“I am appealing for anyone who knows who is responsible or has overhead someone talking about this robbery – either before or after it happened – to contact us in absolute confidence.”
CCTV FOOTAGE: Masked men smash way through open Selfridges to steal watches
Detective Constable Cronshaw said their clothing appears to be brand new and appealed to manufacturers who may have recently sold the items to the offenders.
He added: “The offenders will, at some point, undoubtedly look to off load these watches and I would urge people to be mindful of this robbery and again if anyone is approached with a view to buying any of these items to please contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 3240, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.