Three remanded in custody over £935,000 Leeds jewellery shop heist – but £500,000 of watches still missing

The scene outside Berrys following the robbery
The scene outside Berrys following the robbery
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Police are still looking for about half-a-million pounds of designer watches stolen during a robbery at a Leeds jewellery shop.

More than £935,000 of valuables were taken when armed robbers raided Berrys Jewellers, on Albion Street in the city centre, on Tuesday afternoon.

Staff were allegedly threatened with a BB-style pellet gun during the incident at about 3.20pm.

Three men appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court today charged with armed robbery and possession of an imitation firearm.

The court heard police have recovered more than £400,000 of watches.

But prosecutor Charles MacRae said: “There’s a high value of property still outstanding, to the value of about half-a-million pounds.”

Estonians Taimar Uibopuu, 30, Alar Kajurand, 43, and Rainis Kilk, 25, all of no fixed address, briefly appeared in court.

The court heard they all face the same charges.

All three were remanded in custody and the case was adjourned until April 9, when they will appear at Leeds Crown Court.

West Yorkshire Police said investigations were continuing and anyone with information about the stolen watches should call Leeds CID via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.