A man has been injured after bystanders helped foil an armed robbery at a jewellery shop in Windsor, Berkshire.
The raid took place at around 10am yesterday (Thursday, 8 September), when four men attempted to enter Robert Gatwood Jewellers in King Edward Court shopping centre by smashing windows with a sledgehammer and an axe.
It is believed that one suspect was tripped by a bystander, while members of the public managed to leap on top of two men and pin them down until police arrived.
Thames Valley Police said during the incident a member of the public sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment – the man has since been discharged.
They did not gain entry and nothing was stolen, however police said the property and the merchandise in the store was “severely” damaged.
A 19-year-old man from Slough, a 26-year-old man from Slough and a 25-year-old man from Maidenhead have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and are currently in custody.
Police are looking for a fourth man, whom they have described as black, about 5ft 8ins tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a motorbike crash helmet, a dark jacket and grey trousers.
Investigating officer, detective inspector Dom Found from Force CID Maidenhead, said: “This incident took place in a busy street in broad daylight and a number of members of the public intervened.
“I would like to thank them for their assistance, in particular those who detained the suspects until police arrived. One member of the public was injured as he tried to intervene, but fortunately his injuries were not serious and he is now recovering at home.”
Police are appealing for anyone with further information to contact them directly or call crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
A full investigation is currently underway and officers remain in the area making enquiries.