Armed robbery on High Street

AN armed robber made off with thousands of pounds’ worth of jewellery after a daring daylight raid on a pawnbroker’s in Hucknall town centre this week.

The man entered the Stock And Cheques Exchange store on High Street at about 3.45 pm on Wednesday. He was carrying a weapon, believed to be a hammer or small axe.

He stole jewellery including gold chains and rings after smashing a glass display-cabinet. The store offers pawnbroking, gold buying and cash chequeing services.

Yesterday morning (Thursday), manager Tom Ginever told the Dispatch staff were still too shaken up to comment on the robbery.

Shoppers and neighbouring retailers and businesses were shocked that anyone would dare to carry out such a crime in plain view.

Det Con Louise Foster, from Hucknall CID, said: “The offender did not threaten or hurt anyone but he did make off with a significant amount of jewellery.

“There will have been a number of people walking through High Street at this time of the day and may have seen what happened. They may be able to provide crucial information to help us apprehend this man. I urge anyone with information to contact police.”

The robber drove away in a black Honda Civic car, which had been parked outside the shop. The vehicle fled in the direction of Watnall Road and has since been recovered.

No-one was injured in the robbery.

The raider is described as white, in his mid-20s and about 5’9” to 5’10” tall. He is of slim build and was wearing a grey hooded top.

Police have been carrying out forensic enquiries at the scene, as well as examining CCTV footage recorded in the area around the time of the robbery.

Anyone who witnessed the raid, or has information, should ring the police on 0300 3009999 or call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.