Detectives at Humberside Police have launched an investigation after a robbery at jewellers and Rolex dealer G. Hewitt & Son in Grimsby.
Three men wearing balaclavas and white boiler type suits entered the jewellers on Monday at 10.30am and became involved in an altercation with staff before fleeing with goods from the shop.
Detective Inspector Alan Curtis, who is overseeing the investigation, said the raiders made off with a “significant quantity of high value merchandise”.
Pictures in the local press showed a glass door smashed and a number of watches in a display cabinet knocked over. It is not known if the gang only targeted watches.
Hewitt is one of the county’s most established jewellers and lists Rolex, Tudor, Longines and Bremont among the key brands it retails.
Its website shows that it operates a Rolex showroom within the premises. It has been selling Rolex watches for more than 90 years and was appointed as an official retailer for Lincolnshire by the brand in recognition of its professionalism and integrity.
Detective Inspector Curtis said that nobody was injured in the raid and confirmed a vehicle that witnesses saw the men getting to was later found abandoned by police.
He added several people were in the vicinity of the jewellers at the time of the robbery and called on anybody that captured information on mobile devices to get in touch.
“We have numerous officers in and around the area undertaking enquiries and offering reassurance to the public as the investigation continues,” he said.