Surrey Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a man was arrested following an attempted armed robbery at a jewellery store in Leatherhead on Friday evening.
Shortly after 5pm on Friday, 19 February, two men – one wearing a crash helmet and one dressed in women’s clothing – entered Cradlers jewellery store on Leatherhead high street.
Police said the the suspect dressed in women’s clothing threatened two members of staff, who were the only people in the store at the time of the incident, with what appeared to be a firearm.
Following what is described as a “brief altercation” the man dressed in women’s clothing left the store and ran from the area. However, members of staff, with assistance from passers-by, detained the man wearing the crash helmet at the scene.
The man who made off from the scene is described as being either black or of dual heritage, slim build and was wearing a long black wig but had short dark hair underneath, dark sunglasses, a black skirt, a light coloured long-sleeved top and was carrying a dark coloured handbag.
Surrey Police said that it is unclear whether any items were stolen at this stage. The suspected firearm was recovered at the scene and is believed to be an imitation weapon.
Detective Inspector Jon Vogel, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is clearly a very unusual offence where two men in distinctive clothing have attempted an audacious robbery and I would urge anyone who saw what happened to contact police.
“The incident took place in a very busy area so I feel certain – particularly given the memorable attire being worn by one of the men – that members of the public would recall seeing the two men walking through Leatherhead town centre at around 5pm today.
“Fortunately the two members of staff involved in the robbery suffered only minor injuries but they have understandably been left shaken by what took place.”
Police have urged Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information to call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference P16038654, or call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.