Dramatic moment ram-raiders armed with crowbars smash into jewellers

Dramatic moment balaclava-clad ram-raiders armed with crowbars smash their way into jewellers by reversing 4×4 into shop front before emptying contents and fleeing in getaway car

  • Police are hunting balaclava-clad ram-raiders who stole from jewellers last night
  • Criminals emptied Rajput Jewellers on Roundhay Road in Leeds in terrifying raid
  • Armed police and helicopter were scrambled but gang escaped in a getaway car

Police have launched a hunt for a balaclava-clad ram-raiders armed with crowbars who smashed their way into a jewellers last night.

The criminals emptied Rajput Jewellers on Roundhay Road in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in a terrifying raid which left pedestrians fleeing for their live.

CCTV footage shows the gang repeatedly reversing a 4×4 vehicle into the shop front until the plate glass windows fall out at around 7.40pm.

Video filmed by an eyewitness shows the gang entering the building and emptying the jewellers of all their stock – estimated to be worth around £30,000.

The criminals emptied Rajput Jewellers on Roundhay Road in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in a terrifying raid which left pedestrians fleeing for their live

Armed police and the West Yorkshire force helicopter were scrambled but the gang escaped and are still at large. A cordon remains in place this morning.

An onlooker said: ‘I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The robbers where focused on getting in and getting out of the jewellers as quickly as possible.

‘It is a miracle nobody was injured or killed by the manic driving.’ 

In a statement, West Yorkshire Police said: ‘Police are appealing for information following a robbery on a jewellers in Leeds.

‘This is believed to have happened at about 6.15pm yesterday (Tuesday), when a black vehicle was used to cause damage to Rajput Jewellers in Roundhay Road.

CCTV footage shows the gang repeatedly reversing a 4×4 vehicle into the shop front until the plate glass windows fall out. They emptied the store and escaped in a getaway car

‘This vehicle, a Nissan Turano, was recovered from the scene.

‘The suspects, who are believed to have taken around £30,000 in jewellery, fled in a Nissan Juke.

‘This was found abandoned in the Burmantofts area of Leeds and has been identified as being stolen earlier this week.

‘Enquiries are continuing and anyone with information which may assist this investigation is asked to contact Leeds District Crime Team on 101, or by using the options on the West Yorkshire Police website.

‘The crime reference is 13200551192. Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers.’

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