Detectives in Haringey have released enhanced CCTV footage of three men they wish to trace in connection with a commercial robbery of a jewellers during which a woman was attacked.
The independent charity Crimestoppers is also offering a reward of up to £5000 for information they receive that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individuals involved.
On Monday, 15 April at 12:45hrs, a man walked into a jewellery shop in Green Lanes, Haringey, N8 and claimed that he had a piece of jewellery that he wished to have valued.
He handed a ring to the sole female employee. As she was examining the item, the male can be seen on CCTV to put a glove on his hand. Moments later he launched an attack on the woman. She attempted to evade her attacker by running along the back of the counter, however the man was able to overpower her, forced her into a headlock and dragged her to the ground.
At that point, two further men forced entry through the door and began ransacking the shop, stealing trays of jewellery from the various display cabinets. The female employee was fortunately able to escape and seek refuge in the rear of the store.
The men were seemingly unable to determine that the trigger switch for the door had to be activated for them to leave. In desperation, they used brute force to attempt to break open the front door however were unable to do so.
The first man escaped with the door closing immediately behind him, leaving his two accomplices trapped. The second man was eventually able to exit through the door. The final suspect could not open the sealed door from the inside. He ran around the shop several times in a frenzied bid to escape and discarded a tray of jewellery on the floor.
A member of the public who was walking past the shop, not realising there was a robbery in progress, approached the door from the outside and opened it. This allowed the man to make off.
Police responded immediately however the males had already escaped.
During the raid glass cabinets were damaged and there was jewellery scattered across the floor which was trampled on and destroyed. The robbers made off with a substantial amount of jewellery and caused extensive damage to the door.
The victim who was working in the shop at the time is too afraid to speak publicly. However she told officers how the robbery had left her shocked, stressed and very scared. She also sustained a considerable amount of pain on her head from being forced to the ground.
As a result of the robbery, a full security review has taken place and protection has been stepped-up.
Detective Inspector Paul Ridley, from North Area CID, said: “I remain convinced that someone will recognise these individuals, all I need is their names. The CCTV is of such good quality that this allows me to straightforwardly eliminate individuals not involved.
“I am also appealing directly to people who know the men responsible, I need you to examine your consciousness and come forward to the investigation team. This was a cowardly attack on a lone woman.
“We have enhanced aspects of the CCTV footage for greater clarity. This includes the written tattoo on the neck and facial image of the suspect wearing the ‘fisherman’ style hat.
“I want to thank the independent charity Crimestoppers for offering this reward as they are equally as keen as us to trace the people involved in this brazen robbery. The victim is still left extremely distressed by the events of that day.”
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is urged to contact North Area CID via 101 quoting CAD 3266 of 15 April, or by tweeting @MetCC.
Information can also be reported 100% anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Please note: the reward only applies to information passed directly to Crimestoppers and not the police.