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VIDEO: Police make DIY shop appeal after Paignton jewellery robbery

By HEPaulGreaves  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

POLICE investigating an armed jewellery robbery in Paignton are appealing to DIY shops and builders merchants in the area about decorator-style outfits worn by men seen on CCTV.

Around £7,000 worth of jewellery including rings, pendants, bracelets and brooches made of yellow or white gold, were taken during the raid at the House of Diamonds on April 22.

Now investigating officers are to release CCTV film taken at the store and would like to speak to the men filmed in connection with the incident.

In the CCTV men are seen to enter the store wearing hoody-style tops over white painter-and-decorator style disposable overalls.

Shortly after they are seen exiting the store along with the member of staff who attempts to stop them escaping.

During the robbery the shop owner sustained a minor injury to his arm.

Two of the suspects managed to make off and got into a waiting car.

A white Peugeot was recovered a short distance away with the two suspects making off on foot.

Det Sgt Sam Smoothy said: “We have had a great response from the public so far but are keen to track down the two suspects.

“We hope that in releasing the images someone somewhere will recognise the suspects from their general appearance, gait and mannerisms.”

Police are also appealing to any DIY shops and builders merchants in the area to see if they remember selling three outfits similar to the one described.

DS Smoothy said: “These are the cheap, disposable suits that can be bought in a number of places. We are hoping to jog someone’s memory who may have sold three of these suits recently.”

One man, 21-year-old Zico Rawlinson of Barton, Torquay, was last week charged with robbery and possession of an offensive and appeared before magistrates.

Anyone with any information is asked to please call police on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 quoting FP/14/1315.

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