Hunt for masked raiders af­ter jewellery rob­bery

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

De­tec­tives are hunt­ing a gang of masked raiders af­ter an early morn­ing raid on a jewellers in the Queens­gate shop­ping cen­tre. The gang got away with a haul worth tens of thou­sands of pounds af­ter us­ing a sledge­ham­mer to break in to Fraser Hart Jewellers. Two peo­ple have been charged with han­dling stolen goods in con­nec­tion with the raid.

A gang of masked men smashed their way into Queens­gate shop­ping cen­tre be­fore steal­ing jewellery worth tens of thou­sands of pounds in a morn­ing raid. The gang used a sledge­ham­mer to break into the shop­ping cen­tre at 3am on Thurs­day morn­ing, be­fore smash­ing win­dows at Fraser Hart Jewellers.

The gang had bro­ken into Queens­gate through the Ex­change Street en­trance, and fled through the same door, be­fore mak­ing off to­wards Bridge Street - pos­si­bly round the back of the Town Hall.

The sledge­ham­mer used by the gang was left by the store.

A se­ries of small bin fires were also started in the city cen­tre be­tween 3am and 4am on the night - in Cow­gate, Pri­est­gate, Long Cause­way and Cross Street-and a police spokesman said they were ‘keep­ing an open mind’ as to whether the fires were con­nected to the raid.

How­ever, the spokesman said there is no cur­rent sug­ges­tion the break-in is linked to other crimes else­where in the coun­try.

Some goods have now been re­cov­ered - but police have re­fused to say what items were stolen, and what has been re- cov­ered.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Adam Fraser said :“I would ask any­one who was in the city cen­tre in the early hours to con­sider whether they saw any­thing that could help this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“This ap­pears to have been an or­gan­ised raid in which a spe­cific jewellers has been tar­geted.

“I would urge any­one who has any in­for­ma­tion, no mat­ter how in­signif­i­cant it may seem, to con­tact police as soon as pos­si­ble.”

A spokesman for Queens­gate said: “We can con­firm that an in­ci­dent took place in Queens­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre dur­ing the early hours of Thurs­day 25 Au­gust while the cen­tre was­closed. Wearenow work­ing closely with the police to help with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Two peo­ple have been charged with han­dling stolen goods in con­nec­tion with the raid. Eugenia-ioana Ilin,( 24), of Or­chard­son Street, West­min­ster, Lon­don, and RaduGhe­o­rghe Gavri­luta, (29), of no known ad­dress, ap­peared at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court on Mon­day. They have been re­manded into cus­tody, and will ap­pear at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court on Septem­ber 26.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Cam­bridgeshire police on 101, or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

A sledge­ham­mer left at the scene of the rob­bery

The scene of the crime. Pic: Jamie Holmes

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