Sledgehammer gang steals £18m in jewellery after smashing hole in shop wall

first_imgThree suspects police want to speak to after the jewellery raidCredit:Metropolitan Police Raiders used a sledgehammer and crowbar to make a hole in the wall at Joyalukkas in Forest GateCredit:Metropolitan Police Raiders used a sledgehammer and crowbar to make a hole in the wall at Joyalukkas in Forest Gate Police are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen the men or has been offered jewellery for sale following the raid.It follows an audacious raid at the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit Box Company in March 2016, in which an estimated £25million of items was stolen in what was described as the largest burglary in English legal history. Indian Bollywood actress Kajol Devgan Burglars emptied trays of jewellery at the store in Forest Gate, east LondonCredit:Metropolitan Police Burglars stole £1.8million of jewellery after smashing a hole in the wall of a shop and crawling inside in an audacious heist.Three raiders used a sledgehammer and crowbar to break into Joyalukkas in Forest Gate, east London, in an early-morning raid.The trio wore gloves as they spent more than three hours looting gold and diamond necklaces, bracelets, pendants and earrings from the store. Some of the men are described as in their mid-30s, while one wore a distinctive pink hoodie, one a black coat and another a T-shirt and shorts.The Metropolitan Police said no arrests have yet been made. The thieves are believed to have escaped over a wall into a builders’ yard behind the shop. CCTV footage shows a man inside Joyalukkas CCTV footage shows a man inside Joyalukkas Credit:Metropolitan Police A hooded man in Joyalukkas with a rucksack used to steal jewelsCredit:Metropolitan Policecenter_img Burglars emptied trays of jewellery at the store in Forest Gate, east London The man takes jewellery from a tray after crawling through a hole in the wallCredit:Metropolitan Police The man takes jewellery from a tray after crawling through a hole in the wall  three suspects police wish to speak  Joyalukkas, which is 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”.Its ambassador is Bollywood actress Kajol Devgan, and it claims to have 10 million customers. A hooded man in Joyalukkas with a rucksack used to steal jewels CCTV footage released by Scotland Yard shows two men inside the shop, one of whom wears 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.”This was a meticulously planned and audacious raid on a jewellery shop with £1.8 million of items stolen,” said Detective Chief Inspector Andy Pallett, of Newham CID.”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.” They are estimated to have spent around 20 minutes making the hole in the wall before the raid, which took place between 3am and 6.40am on Monday July 10.Three other men are said to have watched the premises in Green Street from 5pm the previous day, while police believe another two men also acted as lookouts.  Kajol Devgan, the Indian Bollywood actress, is an ambassador for JoyalukkasCredit:STR/AFP Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more