Members of the public tackled and detained an armed robber as he tried to flee the scene of a jewellery store raid in Leeds city centre yesterday.
The incident took place at Berrys Jewellers, in Albion Street, when three masked men entered the store at 3:20pm and threatened staff with what police believe to be ‘BB’-type pellet guns.
They left with a quantity of jewellery but one of the offenders was detained at the scene by members of the public and then arrested by officers. A bag containing a large number of watches was recovered.
West Yorkshire police announced today that they have made two further arrests in relation to the incident.
Detective chief inspector Lisa Atkinson, head of Leeds District Reactive CID, said that as a result of the initial arrest West Yorkshire police began enquiries which led them to a hotel in Manchester city centre where two other men were arrested last night.
Atkinson said: “All three of the men are currently in custody in connection with the robbery. The men are from Eastern Europe and we are currently conducting enquiries to confirm their identities.
“This was clearly a very shocking incident to take place during the day in the city centre and we would again like to recognise the bravery and public-spiritedness of those members of the public who intervened and detained one of the suspects.
“Our enquiries into this offence are continuing and we would still like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, saw any of the suspects leaving the scene or who has any information that could assist the investigation.”
West Yorkshire Police have urged anyone with information to contact Leeds District CID via 101 or call the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.