Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Hamilton and Inches raid: £1m jewel raid car recovered

Police at scene
Image caption The armed robbers used special tools to smash open display cabinets during the raid

Detectives investigating the theft of more than £1m of jewellery from a shop in Edinburgh have recovered a second car involved in last month's heist.

Three men, carrying bladed weapons, smashed display units at Hamilton and Inches on George Street on 6 June, before driving off in a white BMW.

The BMW was then abandoned nearby and they got into a dark blue Honda CRV.

It has now been found in a car park at East Pilton Farm Rigg. Detectives are appealing for witnesses.

Eight Patek Phillipe watches, ranging between £22,000 and £68,000, were among the items stolen.

The Honda, a late 2007 model, would have contained at least four people and is thought to have travelled north along Gloucester Street on to Kerr Street, then through the main Stockbridge thoroughfare towards Raeburn Place.

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Image caption A £68,000 Patek Philippe watch was stolen during the raid

Det Insp Carol Craig, of Police Scotland, said: "The response we have had from members of the public to this very serious incident has been terrific so far.

"But those responsible have still to be identified and we hope that the recovery of the dark blue Honda CRV could prove crucial. We are appealing for anyone who may have seen the vehicle being driven in Stockbridge around the time of the robbery or being dumped at East Pilton Farm Rigg to come forward."

An inventory of all the stolen items continues to be undertaken but it has emerged that more than £800,000 worth of jewellery was taken from the window displays alone.

The items included Chatila earrings worth £95,000 and diamond rings ranging from £3,525 to £61,000, while the most expensive piece of jewellery stolen from the window was a diamond Chatila necklace costing £325,000.

Det Insp Craig added: "This was clearly a very high-value robbery and the items involved very precious pieces of jewellery. It was also a frightening experience for the staff at the shop and we are working hard to establish exactly what happened."

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