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Burqa-clad man armed with gun and axe steals £150,000 designer watches



By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 9:05 PM on 25th August 2009




article-1209006-026D22F9000004B0-989_233x355.jpg One of the robbers was wearing a burqa - like this one - when he and two accomplices stole £150,000 worth of watches from Michael Jones Jewellers


Police are searching for a burkha-clad man who helped steal designer watches worth £150,000 in an armed robbery today.

The man and two accomplices, armed with a handgun and an axe, burst into Michael Jones Jewellers on the High Street in Banbury, Oxfordshire, at about 2.20pm.

They threatened four members of staff, a man and three women, with their weapons before making off with Rolex, Cartier and Breitling watches.

A man was waiting outside for the three suspects in a black Audi, which was later found abandoned.

Staff at the shop told police the offenders, including the one wearing the burkha, were all male.

The other two were wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered. All are thought to be Asian.

Detective Inspector Steve Duffy, leading the investigation, said: 'Thankfully, nobody was injured during the robbery but obviously the staff have been left very shaken by what has happened.

'The getaway car was found abandoned shortly before 2.45pm in Western Crescent in the Hightown Road area of Banbury.

'I appeal to anyone who was in Banbury town centre today and has any information, however insignificant you think it may be, to contact police immediately.'

No one at the shop, which also has two branches in Northampton, was available for comment this afternoon.

Anyone with information should call Det Insp Duffy via the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 0845 8 505 505.

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You can cover your face just as much wearing a hat and a scarf. Most people wouldn't do it but thieves aren't most people.


Only if you wrap the scarf around your face, which is also unnatural (particularly indoors and in any weather above about -10 degrees), so this would also immediately arouse the suspicions of a shopkeeper or bank clerk, as you would look like an "outlaw".;)


Any "normal" person would at least remove a scarf immediately after entering a shop or bank.

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