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£1m Of Watches Stolen From Selfridges

Brazen thieves with crowbars take time

Published on September 20th 2012.

£1m Of Watches Stolen From Selfridges

WATCHES worth an estimated £1m were stolen during a robbery in Manchester city centre. 

"It was clearly well planned and executed. These men were in and out in less than 80 seconds and were very particular about the watches they selected. 

Shortly after 7.20pm on Wednesday 19 September 2012, three masked men, who were wearing high visibility jackets and trousers, entered Selfridges on Exchange Square. 

The offenders smashed display cabinets using an axe and crowbars and stole approximately 100 watches. 

They escaped in a Black Mercedes Benz driven by a fourth offender. The car was found abandoned Robert Street, Strangeways, a short time later. 


Watches including Audermars Piguet, Jaeger le Coultre, Hublot and Cartier were stolen. 

Detective Constable Adam Cronshaw, said: "This was a brazen robbery while the store was open and busy with members of the public. 

"It was clearly well planned and executed. These men were in and out in less than 80 seconds and were very particular about the watches they selected. 

"I am appealing for anyone who knows who is responsible or has overhead someone talking about this robbery - either before or after it happened - to contact us in absolute confidence. 

"The clothing worn appears to be brand new and I am also eager to hear from anyone who knows where they may have been purchased or manufactured. 

"The offenders will, at some point, undoubtedly look to off load these watches and I would urge people to be mindful of this robbery and again if anyone is approached with a view to buying any of these items to please contact us." 


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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Drew SmithSeptember 20th 2012.

bloody stupid this lot - they could buy the fakes for £5 in camden market

AnonymousSeptember 20th 2012.

Hmmmm, not getting much good press at the minute is it Manchester? Shots fired at a car in Crumpsall in broad daylight. Still, as long as those cyclists are kept off the pavements that's all that matters eh GMP.

AnonymousSeptember 20th 2012.

How the fook did they actually manage to do this and no-one think three axe wielding men in balaclavas and HIGH VISIBILITY outfits weren't a bit odd? Is there even an entrance/exit in the basement? Inside job?

Isabella JacksonSeptember 20th 2012.

Probably because it only took 80 seconds. Shit, that is quick.

DavidSeptember 20th 2012.

This is not the first time such a robbery has occurred in Manchester City Centre,in such a brazen fashion.Yet GMP show no abiility to learn from past experience what so ever.With the amount of CCTV cameras they could not not even track the get away car.
If we have a Police Commissioner in the future hopefully they will have the power to dismiss,who ever is in charge of policing the city centre,because they are clearly not up to the job.Its a shame Selfridges cannot sue GMP for the criminal damage,then GMP might make more effort.

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TimbucSeptember 21st 2012.

This interests me. Exactly what is it that you want? How far should they have been able to track the getaway car and what difference would this make? What would you like the police to have learned from the previous brazen robbery? What changes should they have made? Only, it comes across as a poorly informed whinge when I'm sure you've got some really constructive criticism hiding beneath the surface.

the Whalley RangerSeptember 20th 2012.

When will Britain learn that no amount of CCTV will ever deter looting, riots or daylight robbery?

After a tragic event of much greater proportions, the Norwegians had a brilliant response to the prospect of implementing police-state-like measures. Their response politely involved the use of the middle digit of their right hand. Hats off to them for their vision.

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DavidSeptember 21st 2012.

Having CCTV will not stop someone smashing in the windows of shops.But with all these cameras and security alarms,the response time of GMP to such crimes is absolutely pathetic.
What will deter such crimes?.The prospect of being caught and very long prison sentences.

Andy VoSeptember 25th 2012.

Most other jewellers which sell watches of this calibre in Manchester have a front door which is kept locked and only released by the security guard / member of staff when a customer approaches. Obviously this isn't possible here given that the concession is in an open plan department store. This has happened a few years ago when the watch department was situated across the sales floor near the Louis Vuitton department. Obviously, nothing much has been done to beef up the security.

Given the lack of product knowledge displayed by the staff and the seemingly poor customer service given,coupled with this episode, perhaps it's time to cut their losses and leave Selfridges altogether.

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