'Brazen' axemen stun shoppers with daring raid on luxury watches
Masked raiders made off with a £500,000 (€625,000) haul of luxury watches in a "brazen robbery" in front of stunned shoppers.
The robbers struck at Selfridges in Manchester, England, while the store was open and busy.
They walked into the premises wearing high visibility jackets and trousers, smashed display cabinets with an axe and crowbars and stole 100 watches. They escaped in a black Mercedes Benz driven by a fourth offender.
The car was found abandoned a short time later.
Watches including Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Hublot and Cartier were stolen.
"This was a brazen robbery while the store was open and busy with members of the public," said Detective Constable Adam Cronshaw.
"It was clearly well planned and executed. These men were in and out in less than 80 seconds and were very particular about the watches they selected.
"I am appealing for anyone who knows who is responsible or has overhead someone talking about this robbery -- either before or after it happened -- to contact us in absolute confidence.
"The clothing worn appears to be brand new and I am also eager to hear from anyone who knows where they may have been purchased or manufactured."