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Police on hunt for burkha-clad watch thieves

First published: 28-08-2009

The number of high-profile watch thefts continues, with a store in Banbury recently being held up by burkha-clad robbers.

A trio of robbers has entered a watch specialist in Banbury and carried out an armed attack, taking 64 watches thought to be worth a total of nearly £300,000.

One gunman entered the store dressed in a burkha but raised his gun to staff before he and his two accomplices stole 64 watches, double the original estimate of timepieces taken, from Michael Jones on the High Street in Banbury, Oxon.

At first, officers believed that £150,000 of watches were taken, including those from prestige brands including Breitling, Rolex and Cartier.

It is understood that the getaway car was an Audi A4 estate with dark windows and alloy trim, which is thought to have been driven by a white man under the burkha - a change from the original description that he was Asian.

Last week, footage from another high-profile watch theft was released, depicting the robbery which took a mere 39 seconds for a group of bike-based robbers to ram-raid Mozaferian jewellers, which is situated opposite Harrods, for £2 million of jewellery.

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