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Gravesend jewellery shop robbery sparks police appeal

PUBLISHED: 15:30 25 October 2013

The man police want to speak to in connection with a Gravesend jewellery shop robbery. Kent Police

The man police want to speak to in connection with a Gravesend jewellery shop robbery. Kent Police

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Officers investigating a reported robbery at a Gravesend jewellery shop have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to.

Kent Police was called just after 2pm on October 16 to reports of a robbery in Blackwells in the High Street.

It is alleged a man had been in earlier that morning and asked staff to set aside some items for him to buy later.

The man then returned and threatened staff with a weapon, believed to be a knife, before leaving with a quantity of jewellery estimated to be worth more than £10,000. Nobody was injured in the incident.

The suspect is described as being of heavy build with dark brown hair and stubble. He was wearing a dark woollen hat, a hoodie and tan-coloured canvas shoes.

Detectives have released images of a man they believe would be able to help them with their investigation and are appealing for the public’s help in identifying him.

Investigating officer, Det Con Natalie Collin, said: “This incident left staff frightened and shocked. They had repeatedly tried to help the offender earlier in the day when he tried to buy some jewellery from them.

“We believe the man in these images has information that could assist us with our enquiries and think he spent a lot of the day in the High Street, so if you saw this man or think you know who it is, don’t hesitate to give us a call.’

Anybody with information is asked to call DC Collin on 01474 366098 or call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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