|09-21-2006, 11:09 PM||#1|
Curio & Relic
AKaholic #: 3738
Join Date: Apr 2005
Police car dummies let £500,000 jewel thieves escape
When police received a tip-off that armed robbers were about to strike at a jewellers in their area, they immediately swung into action.
They left an empty police car in a street adjacent to Henry Johnstone's shop.
Hours later, gunmen in business suits walked straight past the car and stormed in threatening staff with guns.
The gang - thought to be responsible for a series of terrifying raids in the area - took watches and jewellery worth more than £500,000 before escaping in a car parked at the back of the shop in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
Witness Phil Mailer, 35, said: 'Surely this was the ideal opportunity to catch a gang of dangerous criminals? The police should have seized that opportunity - not shirked it.'
Owner Mr Johnstone added: 'I'm just astonished that police did not do more to protect my business customers and staff, given the threat.
'Police intelligence had come through to suggest there was going to be a robbery in the area.
'That is what really angered me. They should have been on hand and made an arrest. The only police presence was an unmanned vehicle, which I think is basically ludicrous. We feel very let down.'
The armed robbery took place at 4pm last Saturday in the upmarket Cheshire town, which is home to many celebrities and footballers and is said to have the highest champagne consumption per person in the country.
Three robbers - two of them carrying guns - walked into the jewellers and demanded watches and jewellery.
Staff managed to activate the shop's sophisticated security devices, including a 'smoke cloak' which reduces visibility. But the thieves were undeterred.
Police admitted yesterday they received intelligence of a raid, but defended their actions by claiming it was not accurate enough to identify the shop involved.
They say the robbery could have occurred anywhere across their division - including Alderley Edge, Wilmslow and Macclesfield.
They had warned jewellers to increase security before placing unmanned cars on the streets in all three towns.
David Baines, Cheshire Assistant Chief Constable, said: 'I regret on this occasion it was not enough and an offence did occur causing considerable distress to those involved.
'We are reviewing what we did, if it was appropriate in light of the information, and could we have done more, and to learn from that.'
He said police were hunting four men seen leaving the scene in a silver Subaru Impreza.
|09-22-2006, 12:23 AM||#3|
Curio & Relic
AKaholic #: 3934
Join Date: May 2005
Sophisticated Security Systems......
Heck, they've been so defenseless so many years they can't even stay sharp enough to find adequate alternatives to fight crime... BAAAAAAAAHHHHHH, BAAAAAAHHHHHHHH, sheep! Cops are pathetic, will to fight pathetic, everything pathetic... Guess anyone could miss this coming but not having anything to follow up w/ except smoke screens and sophisticated security systems.... What good is toothless security and smoke screens(in mirrors)... I give up... I could blab about these morons all night till I explode.... jeeez!
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