Robbers wearing surgical masks target shoppers before slashing their tyre in Bluewater

PUBLISHED: 15:02 30 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:08 30 October 2017



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The incident happened on Friday evening

Robbers slashed their victims’ tyre last week after taking their mobile phone and watch in a Bluewater car park.

Two shoppers, a man and a woman, were walking back to their car on the second floor of Guildhall car park near John Lewis, when they were threatened by two men hiding their faces with surgical masks.

The incident happened at around 7.30pm on Friday.

Officers are now appealing for witnesses after the suspects fled the scene.

During the incident, one of the suspects demanded the male victim handed over his mobile phone and designer watch, taking them for himself.

The second suspect allegedly demanded the woman’s watch, but then realised she was not wearing one.

Both robbers then ran off with their loot, before the first returned and cut his victim’s offside rear tyre.

Together the pair sped off in a silver coloured BMW.

According to Kent Police, one of the suspects was wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a black hooded top and black trainers with a light coloured panel on the front.

The other suspect is described as wearing a dark blue tracksuit with a black gilet.

Both suspects are described as male, black and aged between 25 and 35-years old. They were both wearing their hoods over their heads and had white surgical masks over their faces.

One was also reported to be wearing blue latex gloves.

Bluewater have since released the following statement: “Kent Police is investigating an incident that took place in a Bluewater car park on Friday evening. All enquiries are being dealt with by Kent Police, who we continue to work closely with.

“The safety and wellbeing of our staff and guests is our highest priority. Bluewater’s security procedures are regularly reviewed and tested, and we have extensive CCTV, a 24 hour security team and dedicated onsite Kent Police officers.

“Our car parks are patrolled and we have security vehicles that provide a further visible presence.”

A spokesperson from Kent Police said: “Kent Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the incident or seen anyone acting suspiciously in the time leading up to the reported robbery.

“Anyone with information can call Kent Police on 01474 366 149 quoting crime reference XY/055628/17.”

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