THE AGE: A heroic jewellery store manager shielded his colleagues from armed robbers who shoved a gun in his face before he pushed them out the door of the upmarket Toorak shop.
"I don't see myself as brave," the manager told Fairfax Media. "You do what you have to do."
The manager of IMP jewellery, who did not wish to be named, did not think twice about standing up to the three men despite having a gun pointed in his face on Tuesday morning.
"There was no way I was going to open the safe," he said.
"It only took a couple of minutes."
Although he looked shaken after the ordeal, the manager said he was holding up "alright".
He even managed to crack a joke, saying not opening the safe was "self preservation" as he'd rather stand up to masked thugs than face the wrath of the store's wealthy clients.
His father however told the store owners, he was "stupid" to not go along with the men's orders.
The gang of thieves, armed with a gun, machete and hammer, followed an employee inside the store on Toorak Road about 11am.
CCTV footage shows her walking to the back of the shop, while one of the men approaches another female employee at a desk and waves the gun at her.
The manager grabbed both women and pushed them into the back office, away from harm, as two of the offenders began smashing jewellery cabinets.
The gunman then approached the manager, pointed the firearm directly at his face and demanded he open the safe.
A number of items were stolen in the robbery, including:
Art Deco-style diamond ring — 0.60ct brilliant cut centre diamond – stamped Imp $8950
3.23ct black opal and diamond ring — Stamped Imp $12,950
Sapphire and diamond ring — 3 all 1.13ct sapphires, 2 .64ct diamonds — Stamped Imp $5950
Art deco style ring — .52ct centre diamond — stamped Imp $9,650
Daisy diamond cluster ring — 7x2.18cts — Stamped Imp — $14,250
Halo design ring — 5.73ct black diamond centre — Stamped Imp $10,900
Diamond cluster with pink gold band — Stamped Imp $6950
Vintage platinum and diamond ring, 1.51ct brilliant cut diamond $11,750
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