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Hamilton and Inches raid: Police revisit £1m jewellery store theft scene

Police at scene
Image caption The armed robbers used special tools to smash open display cabinets during the raid

Detectives investigating the theft of more than £1m of jewellery from a shop in Edinburgh are revisiting areas connected with the crime.

Three men, carrying bladed weapons, smashed display units at Hamilton and Inches on George Street on 6 June, before driving off in a white BMW.

Eight Patek Phillipe watches, ranging between £22,000 and £68,000, were among the items stolen.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

The car used in the robbery was later found abandoned in Gloucester Lane and detectives believe the thieves entered a dark-coloured medium to large sized car and fled the area.

High-visibility patrols

Efforts are continuing to compile an inventory of the items which were taken.

Police said officers would carry out high-visibility patrols in George Street, Frederick Street, North Castle Street and Gloucester Lane to gather information from anyone who was in the area at the time and might have seen anything suspicious.

Det Insp Carol Craig said: "So far, the response and assistance from the public has been fantastic and we continue to progress a number of lines of inquiry.

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Image caption A £68,000 Patek Philippe watch was stolen during the raid

"However, we have yet to receive that vital piece of information that will lead to tracing those responsible for this robbery and recovering the stolen jewellery.

"Police will have a large presence in a number of streets linked to the investigation and we would urge any members of the public who were in these areas last Friday during the times around the incident to speak with officers if they have information that can assist with our inquiries."

The three robbers who entered the shop were dressed in dark clothing.

Robert Kirk Inches and his uncle James Hamilton opened their first premises at 90A Princes Street, under the name Hamilton & Inches, on 10 November 1866.

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