Thieves attempt ram-raid robbery on Rolex store in Leeds

A Car was reversed into the window but the robbers were unable to gain entry into the shop

Would-be thieves attempted to rob a Rolex in Leeds city centre by ramming a car into the shop window, but were left empty-handed.

West Yorkshire Police are now appealing for information the incident at the Rolex at Prestons store in Commercial Street.

The offenders, who were wearing balaclavas, arrived at the scene at 11:54 am on Sunday 18 February in two vehicles – a red Fiat Stilo and a blue Ford Focus ST.

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The Fiat was reversed into the shop window and the robbers, who were armed with various tools, then attempted to remove the glass. They were unable to gain access and drove off empty-handed.

Detective inspector James Entwistle, of Leeds District CID, said: “We are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries into this incident which was a frightening experience for staff in the shop and for the many members of the public who witnessed it.

“We have spoken to a number of witnesses but are still keen to hear from anyone with information, particularly around the movements of the vehicles either prior to the incident or afterwards. Neither of those vehicles has been found abandoned as yet so we would still like to hear from anyone who has seen them or knows where they are.

“This has clearly been a planned and organised offence to target high value goods in the store. We are not linking it to any previous similar offences at this stage but we appreciate it will have caused understandable concern, and our colleagues in the city neighbourhood policing team will be working to provide suitable support and reassurance to businesses and the community.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime number 13180081680 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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