The owner of a Warwick jewellery shop which was robbed this week has vowed to come back bigger and stronger.
On Tuesday afternoon Hamlington’s Fine Jewellery, which is in Market Place, was targeted by three masked men, one armed with a crowbar.
David Hamlington, owner of Hamlington’s Fine Jewellery, which has been in the town for eight years, said: “It was a relief that no one was hurt. Thankfully, everyone is okay.
“Things can be replaced but people can’t.
“Everyone acted (during the incident) how they were told to during their training. The police were swift to respond and hopefully they will find them.
“Everyone is fine but things like this can leave mental scars and people can carry things like this with them for the rest of their lives. It is going to take time to get over this but we are not giving into it and we will be back open as soon as we can.
“We have had so many messages from our customers and from people who know us asking when we are reopening and if we are okay.
“We will come back bigger and stronger than before.”
“They have taken high-value items and a lot of them were display items.
“Some of these items have been advertised in the Leamington Courier, Warwick Courier and the Kenilworth Weekly News over the last year.
“If someone sees these items being sold in a dodgy situation they should contact the police.”
A spokesperson from Warwickshire Police said: “We are appealing for witnesses and information after an incident in Market Place around 4.45pm on Tuesday (16 January).
“Three men wearing balaclavas, with one carrying a crowbar, are reported to have entered Hamlington’s Fine Jewellery shop and proceeded to take a large quantity of jewellery from cabinets within.
“The men are then believed to have left the area in a dark grey Audi 4x4, partial registration ending ‘DMF’, which was waiting outside with a fourth man inside.”
Detective Inspector Tim Sharp of Leamington CID said: “We take all reports of this nature very seriously and a thorough investigation has been launched. We’re thankful that nobody was injured during this incident, but it was an understandably distressing ordeal for those involved.
“Officers arrived quickly at the scene and people will have noticed an increased police presence as enquiries continue. I urge anyone who witnessed the incident or anybody who may have seen a dark grey Audi in the area to contact us on 101, quoting incident number 270 of 16 January.”