Three people sustained injuries when a single-deck bus swerved into the building smashing through glass. The incident happened shortly before 3pm yesterday (13 March) on Trinity Street in the city centre.
West Midlands Police inspector Yvonne Bruton, who was at the scene managing the incident, said: “We are looking into reports that a number of people stole items of jewellery from the shop, with some apparently forcing onlookers out of the way to get to the items.
“This group of individuals had no regard for the welfare of those caught up in the incident and it appears simply sought to make their own ill-gotten gains.
“An investigation is underway into the theft offences and we will now be reviewing CCTV footage of the incident to identify potential offenders. Likewise we will also be speaking to those involved in order to establish the circumstances which led up to the actual collision.”
The bus driver was taken to hospital suffering with shock.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or the theft of items from the pawnbrokers should call Coventry Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Officers are also keen to receive mobile phone images/footage of the incident.