'Brazen' raid on Eric N Smith jewellers shop in Newton Mearns

Eric N Smith jewellers in Newton Mearns Robbers with hammers smashed the watch display case

Robbers carrying hammers and a knife have carried out a "brazen" raid on a jewellers shop in East Renfrewshire.

Police said one robber threatened staff with a "large bladed weapon" at Eric N Smith jewellers on Ayr Road, in Newton Mearns, at about 14:30 on Saturday.

Two other men with the hammers smashed several displays of expensive watches.

The gang then made off with Rolex watches believed to be valued at £200,000, which were placed inside a black holdall.

They are believed to have then left in a blue Peugeot, and were last seen turning right onto Eaglesham Road, and then into Maple Avenue.

The staff members were not hurt.

Det Insp Alan McAlpine, of Police Scotland's Greater Glasgow CID, appealed for witnesses.

He said: "This was a terrifying experience for the people working in the shop, and the actions of the three men involved can only be described as brazen.

"Eric N Smith jeweller's is situated on a very busy road in Newton Mearns, with several shops nearby.

"On a Saturday afternoon the area would have been busy with both motorists and pedestrians, and I would like to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity at the time of the incident to get in touch."

Det Insp McAlpine said early inquiries showed that the men abandoned the Peugeot in Shawhill Crescent and got into a blue Mazda vehicle.

He said: "I'd like to trace anyone who saw this blue Peugeot being driven at speed away from Ayr Road, and I'd also like to appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Shawhill Crescent who may have seen a blue Mazda being driven erratically or at speed to get in touch with police urgently, as you may have information that could assist us."

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