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article image70-year-old man retrieves jewellery from thieves

By Lynn Curwin     Feb 28, 2011 in Crime
Bury Saint Edmunds - A 70-year-old man retrieved a bag of stolen jewellery from thieves in motorcycle helmets who were attempting to flee the scene in a Suffolk town.
The BBC reported that four men, armed with a sledgehammer, raided Thurlow Champness Jewellers, in Bury St Edmunds, around 10 am on Monday.
Mark Baker, 34, who works at a nearby shop, saw them break the glass to a window display.
“They were shouting at everybody to stand back and I didn’t like that so I shouted at them," he told the East Anglian Daily Times.
“Two of the boys went down High Baxter Street and I chased them and shouted at them. I dont think they expected anyone to stop them.”
A witness said they saw an elderly gentleman got a hold of one of the men in an attempt to stop him.
A spokeswoman for the Suffolk police confirmed a 70-year-old man had taken a bag containing jewellery from one of the robbers.
The men escaped on motorcycles, which were later found nearby, but the men have not been tracked down, despite a helicopter taking part in the search.
“The fact that two motorcycles have been recovered suggest that a further vehicle was used by the offenders to leave the area," Heart Radio quoted Detective Inspector David Giles as saying."
“I want to hear from anyone who may have seen the motorcycles enter Bury Town Centre or anyone with any information on any other vehicles that may be involved.”
In April 2009, thieves wearing balaclavas armed with a pickaxe and hammer stole jewellery from the shop after trashing the displays.
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