Staff at a Sheffield jewellery shop held up by armed robbers in a terrifying raid have vowed not be driven out by the criminals.
Three masked men armed with sledgehammers and a crowbar burst into HL Brown jewellers’ in Barker’s Pool in broad daylight on Tuesday morning, and escaped with 17 Rolex watches worth a total of £140,000.
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But staff - six of whom were ordered to lie on the floor, along with a female customer, as the armed robbers smashed a glass display cabinet and grabbed their haul - opened up as normal yesterday.
And they said customers past and present were shocked by the ordeal they had endured.
Store manager John Molyneux, who has worked at the shop for 25 years, said: “We are open as normal, albeit with a limited display of Rolex watches I am afraid.
“A couple of people had days off already booked, but everyone else came back to work as normal. We will not let this affect our business.”
He said customers had called into the shop and telephoned to express their shock and concern.
“Loyal customers have called in and telephoned to pass on their best wishes to us. I have been here for 25 years and a lot of customers have been coming here for longer than that. It has shocked a lot of people.”
He said detectives have not yet informed him whether any of the missing watches has been recovered.
“The robbers were here for only two or three minutes and then it was done and dusted and away they went,” he said.
“Neighbouring businesses are also shocked at what happened.”
It is hoped the robbers - who ran off along Leopold Street - will have been captured on city centre CCTV cameras as they approached the store before their raid and as they fled.
Detectives want to hear from witnesses or anyone who has been approached by somebody selling watches.
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.