Gang of thieves tunnel into jewellery shop in the dead of night, stealing gems worth £1.8m

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A gang of thieves spent hours ransacking a jewellery shop after tunneling their way inside in a £1.8 million raid.

Three of the men crawled through a hole they had made in a wall using a crowbar and sledgehammer during the early-morning raid at the shop in east London.

They spent three hours inside Joyalukkas jewellers in Green Street after smashing a hole in the wall at the rear, between 3am and 6.40am on Monday, July 10, Scotland Yard said.

Gold and diamond necklaces, bracelets, pendants and earrings were looted by the men who all wore gloves and had their faces covered.

Raid: A man crawls through a hole into a jewellers in Forest Gate

Police believe five other men helped to keep a look out, including three who watched over the jewellers in Green Street from 5pm the previous day. 

CCTV footage released by Scotland Yard shows two men inside the shop. One of them has a hoodie drawn up around his face and is sprawled on his front as he pulls jewellery out of drawers before stuffing it into a rucksack. 

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Pallett, of Newham CID, said: “This was a meticulously planned and audacious raid on a jewellery shop with £1.8 million of items stolen.

Police released this image of the hole the thieves used to enter the jewellers

“While we think it only took the suspects around 20 minutes to make the hole, it must have been noisy work and we would appeal for anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious to contact us.”

Joyalukkas, one of a cluster of jewellers in Forest Gate, is part of an international chain which describes itself on its website as “the world’s favourite jeweller”.

Bollywood actress Kajol Devgan is an ambassador and it claims to have 10 million customers. 

Two of the suspects who acted as lookouts, according to police

The thieves are believed to have escaped over a wall into a builders’ yard behind the shop, making off in the direction of Plashet Road. 

One of the suspects wore a distinctive hot pink hoodie, one a black coat and another a T-shirt and shorts.

Police said the other suspects are described as men aged in their mid-30s.

Police appeal: A third suspect walks by the store as staff leave

No arrests have yet been made, the Met said.

The force is appealing for information from anyone who may have seen the men or has been offered jewellery for sale following the raid. 

Anyone with information should contact Newham CID on 020 8217 5414 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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