UPDATE: Bluewater shop robbers smash way through shopping centre before climbing out of quarry
PUBLISHED: 17:20 22 June 2016 | UPDATED: 08:23 27 June 2016
Police were called just after 2.15am on Monday morning
Police are appealing for witnesses after an early morning robbery at Bluewater Shopping Centre earlier this week.
The Breitling store inside Bluewater shopping centre was reportedly burgled in the early hours of Monday morning.
Police were called to the shopping centre in Greenhithe just before 2.20am after the security team spotted activity on CCTV monitors.
Officers now believe around eight people entered the shopping centre, smashing the front of the jewellery store with sledgehammers.
A large amount of watches were reported as stolen.
The group is then believed to have left the centre via the Rose Gallery (green) car park, smashing doors on the way out. They are believed to have used a rope to climb up and out of the complex, which is built in a former chalk quarry.
A silver Ford Mondeo was found burning in the middle level of the Thameswalk (blue) car park just before the burglary.
Investigating officers are also appealing for witnesses after discovering a hole in a fence near to Hedge Place Road in Greenhithe. Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity between Hedge Place Road and Stonechat Mews.
A heavy duty cable was found padlocked across Mounts Road in Greenhithe.
Officers believe it may have been stolen from a children’s zip line in Waterstone Park in nearby Skylark Avenue.
The suspects were all wearing dark clothing with their faces covered by balaclavas.
Det Sgt Richard Spicer said: “We are dealing with a group which appear to have gone to great lengths to carry out this burglary and I would encourage anyone with information to get in touch.”
Anyone who believes they saw the suspects or has any information can call Kent Police on 01474 366149 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime reference XY/023608/16.
A spokesperson from Bluewater confirmed: “A break in took place at a retailer at Bluewater early this morning, we are working closely with Kent Police who are dealing with the matter and handling any enquiries”.