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15 June 2011, 17:23
Police have now recovered all the vehicles involved in an armed robbery in Ipswich, but are still hunting its driver while others continue to be questioned by detectives.
The attack happened at Goldsmith Jewellers on Tavern Street shortly after 10am on Wednesday 15 June when several men broke the shop window with a sledgehammer and stole a quantity of high-value watches. They rode off on motorcycles, but then later dumped them and got into cars.
Officers stopped a van near Marks Tey in Essex approximately an hour later and arrested a 21-year-old man from the Upminster area of Essex and a 25-year-old man from Loughton in west Essex. A third man, a 24-year-old man from north London was arrested by Essex Police a short time later after the BMW he was driving was stopped in the vicinity.
A section of Dale Hall Lane in Ipswich was cordoned off for four fours while forensic examinations of the abandoned motorcycles took place. A sledgehammer, which is thought to have been used in the robbery, was also recovered nearby.
Shortly before 3:30pm, Essex officers spotted the final vehicle involved in the robbery and the Mini Cooper was recovered. All three vehicles are now being forensically examined.
Detectives are still trying to locate the fourth and final man involved in the armed robbery.
The three arrested men are being questioned by detectives at the Ipswich Police Investigation Centre.
Anyone with information in connection with this robbery should contact detectives at Ipswich police station on 01473 613500.