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Watch terrifying CCTV footage of £186,000 Altrincham jewellery shop heist

By David Prior at

Police have released CCTV footage of the terrifying armed robbery on an Altrincham jewellers earlier this month.

The video, released today by Greater Manchester Police, shows the moment four masked men burst into the Railway Street store on Wednesday 10th June.

After using a battering ram to break open the door, the men scatter around the shop as frightened staff cower.

Halfway through the one-minute video, the in-store smoke system is set off, while in what appears to be a side-room, a man armed with a machete appears to lead a staff member into another part of the store.

Watch the CCTV footage below:

The men escaped with 13 watches worth £186,820 in the lunchtime raid.

The gang’s vehicle was later found abandoned on Ashworth Close, Bowdon, and it is now believed the offenders transferred to a second getaway car, a white Mercedes which was parked on Hopkins Field, Bowdon.

Detective Inspector Carl Gilbert said: “We are still hunting for these men, who made off with a substantial amount of jewellery.

“Detectives are still appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the heist itself, or the offenders in the act of escaping to contact us.

Below: The moment the store’s security smoke system is triggered

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“Also, new information has suggested that these men changed vehicle into a white Mercedes once they had arrived in Bowdon, which offers us another chance to possibly track these men.

“We believe they may have changed car at around 12.45pm on Wednesday 10th June 2015, so we would like to ask anyone who may have been in the area at the time to contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7530 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Below: More stills from the raid video

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