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Industry robberies


Elsternwick, VIC

Burglars have used a sledgehammer and handgun in a brazen jewellery store heist that terrified staff of an Elsternwick store.

The two masked men entered the Riddell Parade shop just after midday on Monday, smashing glass cabinets, threatening four staff and using what appeared to be pillowcases to carry off stolen jewellery.


It is believed their faces were covered with T-shirts.

CCTV captured the armed robbery, in which the burglars damaged the shop fittings but did not appear to steal much.

A third person was waiting in the getaway car, a grey 2001 Mitsubishi Outlander station wagon.​

​The Mitsubishi, registration YSF 086, was stolen from Diamond Creek on August 31.

The thieves drove south on Riddell Parade, then east on Rowan Street, where one of the men got out and into another car, believed to be a silver 1998 Mercedes coupe.

Leading Senior Constable Kendra Jackson said both cars then fled the area.

No shots were fired during the incident and two male and two female store attendants, aged in their 30s and 50s, were not physically injured.

The offenders are described as aged in their early 20s, with thin builds and Australian accents.

The thieves made off with approximately $60,000 worth of jewellery including Infinity and Peter W Beck men's wedding band samples, gold chains (generic, some heavy curb link and many magic wheat), platinum unique bar chain and unique large antique charms - telephone, roulette wheel, traffic lights. 

Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report online.

Source: The Age and 3AW Radio

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