Salford shopworkers were left traumatised when thieves on a high-powered motorbike used a sledge hammer to smash through a jewellery shop window on Monday.
Two men, riding on a red and white motorbike from the Pendleton direction, came through the precinct and stopped outside Mays Pawnbrokers and Jewellers.
One man got off the bike, swung the sledge hammer through the window and grabbed jewellery from the display, before the pair made their getaway.
Police were called around 3.10pm to the shop on Mather Way to find terrified members of staff.
CASUAL CRIME: In the middle of Salford precinct, the thieves take what they want
Detective Constable Mark Cole, of Salford Volume Crime Team, said: “This was a traumatic experience for the members of staff who were inside the shop when the window was smashed.
“I would appeal to anyone who either saw these thieves riding up to the bank [sic] or perhaps saw them ride off at high speed or erratically at about the time of the robbery.”
The first man is described as 5ft 4in tall, of slim build, he wore a black crash helmet, a light grey Adidas jacket with darker hood and shoulders with three stripes down the arms, white gloves, black trousers, black trainers with white laces.
The second man also wore a black crash helmet, a black jacket, black trousers and grey trainers.
Detective Constable Cole added: “It was a busy afternoon in the precinct; there were lots of people who will have witnessed this robbery. If anyone does have information, please call us.”
Anyone with information should call Salford CID on 0161 856 5250 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.