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Appeal to trace man who intervened in 'smash and grab' robbery

News   •   Jan 28, 2017 13:34 GMT

Detectives from the Flying Squad are appealing to trace a member of the public who bravely intervened following a failed 'smash and grab' robbery in Victoria.

Police were called at approximately 10:30hrs on Thursday, 26 January to reports of people who had arrived on mopeds and were smashing windows at the Suttons & Robertsons jewellery store on Victoria Street, SW1E.

Five people, on three mopeds, were disturbed by passing members of the public and approaching police sirens. They tried to flee the scene, it is believed at this stage empty-handed.

Detectives are keen to speak to a man who was wearing a distinctive yellow Hi-Vis jacket who intervened, grabbing one of the suspects.

There are four outstanding suspects wanted in connection with the incident, they are described as males and were wearing dark clothing. One of the suspects had a light coloured helmet; the others had dark coloured helmets. They all fled the scene prior to police arrival.

Fortunately there were no reports of any members of the public, nor anyone at the store, suffering any injuries.

Detectives from the Flying Squad are investigating and are appealing for any witnesses to the incident or anyone with any information about the suspects to contact them.

Detective Sergeant Alan Stimson, from the Flying Squad, said: "I would like to thank the members of the public who so bravely intervened. We have spoken to a number of witnesses and whilst our enquiries continue, it is of paramount importance that we trace all those who saw something that day. Anyone with any information should contact us at the earliest opportunity."

Anyone that can assist the Flying Squad can call 020 8785 8655, or police via 101 or via Twitter @MetCC

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org

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