Ramsdens Morley: Residents left bemused as 'dumb thieves' smash way into Leeds jewellers for second time
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Police said that the men, who were also armed with other tools, smashed through the shop’s window and took various items before leaving the scene in a car driven by a fourth suspect. No-one was injured during the incident.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, one resident said: “It doesn’t feel like the best thought out plan. To smash into a second-hand jewellers at 10 in the morning, broad daylight with witnesses and CCTV to capture your every move. Feels like a recipe to get caught if you ask me.”
The latest robbery comes just five months after a similar attempted robbery was carried out at the same store in June.
Another resident added: “It’s baffling. It is like groundhog day where we’ve all been here before – I just called my husband to tell him and his reaction was ‘you’re joking, not again’. It’s not funny and I feel so sorry for the staff who have gone through this but it clearly wasn’t the work of any criminal masterminds.”
A scene is currently in place to undergo forensic examination and the incident is being investigated by detectives from Leeds District CID. The getaway car, a blue Ford EcoSport SUV, was found abandoned in Shipton Mews a short time later.
Witnesses are asked to contact police by calling 101 and quoting crime reference 13230645153, or reporting online.