On Sunday 18 February at around 11:55 GMT, two cars attempted a ram-raid on a Rolex watch shop in Leeds.
A recent ram-raid has occurred at a high-end Rolex watch shop in Leeds city centre. The raid was attempted in broad daylight, where a passerby captured footage, which included the car’s number plates. This crucial piece of evidence may be used in the successful capture and prosecution of the offenders.
A ram-raid is a type of robbery in which an establishment is rammed into with a vehicle, in order to gain access to thieve.
The vehicles illegally drove up into the pedestrianised Commercial Street, through the Core Shopping Centre. Once in position, balaclava-wearing men jumped out of their vehicles handling various tools to commit the heist.
After reversing into the Rolex shop front, the offenders were unsuccessful in breaking through the glass. Both car’s then fled the scene. Luckily, as the Raiders failed to gain access, the thousands of pounds worth of merchandise were therefore left at the scene. The video footage shows the damage done to the shop window and the car’s screeching as they escape into the distance.
DI Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said this had “clearly been a planned and organised offence to target high-value goods”.
This attempted raid happened subsequent to another three successful ram-raids which occurred late last year. Companies affected by this series of ram-raids include a jeweller’s, the designer clothing shop, Flannels, and the Louis Vuitton store on Briggate.
With ram-raids on the increase, it is imperative that you take out the right precautions when protecting your premises. CCTV can greatly deter criminals from committing these types of raids, keeping your business up and running.
Original Sources: BBC | Leeds Live | Yorkshire Post