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Stolen car clue following jewellery store robbery – Withington / Rusholme

November 19, 2012, 4:21 pm

Police are hunting a gunman who stole a car later used in a raid at a high-street jewellers.

An evofit of the gunman has now been released and police are appealing to anyone who recognises him to come forward.

The original robbery happened at a house on Saltney Avenue in Withington at about 11pm on 18 June 2012.

During the raid, a black Audi A3 was stolen which was then used by a gang of thieves during a robbery at the Choice Jewellers on Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, on 1 July 2012. During this incident, one of thieves was wearing a burka and hiding behind a baby’s pram.

Police previously released dramatic CCTV footage of the jewellery robbery, and have now established the getaway vehicle used was the same car stolen from the robbery in Withington.

During the earlier robbery, four offenders forced their way into the living room and one produced a shotgun while the other grabbed a knife from the kitchen and made violent threats to the couple who live there.

At one point, the offender brandishing the gun threatened to shoot the couple. After ransacking the house and stealing cash, jewellery, personal items and the car itself, the gang fled.

The evofit is of the man brandishing the gun.

Detective Constable Richard Lees said: “Since the time of these robberies, detectives have been working very hard to establish the identity of the culprits and we have now ascertained the car stolen from Withington was used as a getaway car during the jewellery robbery.

“One of the victims from the first robbery has been brave enough to recount what was a terrifying experience and has worked with our forensic imaging specialists to produce an evofit, so I would ask people to look very carefully at the image and if you think you recognise this man then please call us.

“Whether or not the same people were involved in both incidents is still under investigation, but clearly whomever the culprits are they have access to weapons and we need to find them and bring them to justice.

“Our investigation is very much ongoing and we are making good progress towards identifying the offenders – with the public’s help we can root these people out and give the victims the justice they deserve.”

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