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Armed robbery worth £250,000 in Glasgow’s Argyll Arcade

An armed robbery in which four masked men wielding axes raided Glasgow’s Argyll Arcade has resulted in the loss of £250,000 worth of watches, it was revealed today.

When the story first broke last week, it was not clear how much jewellery had been stolen, but according to a BBC report this morning, a valuable haul of watches was stolen from Rox, the only store successfully raided by the men.

The men attempted, but failed, to rob Mappin & Webb, Laings and Lewis Grant, before fleeing the scene via a side street of off Buchanan Street.

Shocking images of a smoke-filled arcade and smashed window quickly circulated on social media.

A spokesman for Rox told reporters: “[Staff are] badly shaken but thankfully no-one was hurt. A stock take is underway, however, luxury watches from brands including Hublot and Bell & Ross were taken.

“Initial estimates suggest that around £250,000 of stock was taken. A full list of stock with serial numbers has been issued to the police. The store re-opened for business this morning and our main priority is the safety and well-being of our staff.

“We have employed a full-time security guard in the shop to give our staff, who are still badly shaken, extra peace of mind. The matter is now in the hands of the police and we have no further comment at this time.”

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