BREAKING NEWS: Police appeal for witnesses after ram raid at Leeds Rolex store

 

Detectives in Leeds are appealing for information following an attempted ram-raid at a Rolex boutique in the city centre.

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Officers from Leeds District CID are continuing to carry out inquiries into the incident at the Rolex monobrand store on Commercial Street owned by Prestons

It was targeted at 11:54am on Sunday, February 18.

Karl Massey, owner of Prestons, told WatchPro today that nobody was hurt, and no watches were stolen or damaged.

The incident, which was captured on CCTV, saw two cars arriving at the scene in two vehicles: a red Fiat Stilo and a blue Ford Focus ST.

The Fiat was reversed repeatedly into the shop window and then the offenders wearing balaclavas and armed with various tools, attempted to remove the glass. They were unable to gain access and drove off empty-handed.

Police say the vehicles approached the scene by turning off The Headrow along King Charles Street and driving through The Core shopping centre. They emerged onto Lands Lane and then drove down onto Commercial Street.

They left the scene along Commercial Street and down Briggate.

The Fiat, bearing the registration WN04WEV, was previously sold and has not been registered to a new keeper. The Ford was carrying cloned number plates of YK66UKJ, which belongs to a legitimate similar vehicle.

Detective Inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said: “We are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries into this incident which was a frightening experience for staff in the shop and for the many members of the public who witnessed it.

“We have spoken to a number of witnesses but are still keen to hear from anyone with information, particularly around the movements of the vehicles either prior to the incident or afterwards. Neither of those vehicles has been found abandoned as yet so we would still like to hear from anyone who has seen them or knows where they are.

“This has clearly been a planned and organised offence to target high value goods in the store. We are not linking it to any previous similar offences at this stage but we appreciate it will have caused understandable concern, and our colleagues in the city neighbourhood policing team will be working to provide suitable support and reassurance to businesses and the community.”

Watchfinder’s store in Leeds has been raided twice in the past year.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime number 13180081680 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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