THE value of goods stolen in a terrifying armed robbery at a jewellers in Beverley this week is now thought to be about £200,000.
Police initially estimated the haul from the raid at Guest & Philips in Saturday Market on Tuesday to be between £80,000 and £90,000.
But the company confirmed the higher figure yesterday.
It said the gang, two of whom who burst into the shop at about 9.30am brandishing a sawn-off shotgun and an axe, stole 34 Cartier watches, 31 Gucci watches, and a Cartier clock.
A Gucci watch and a Cartier watch were later recovered from the getaway car, a silver Vauxhall Omega driven by a third man, which was found abandoned with its engine running in York Road.
The gang is thought to have then fled along York Road in another car, a silver saloon, driven by a fourth man.
A team of 50 detectives are working on the case and are ploughing through witness accounts and information provided by the public as they hunt for the robbers, who are described as “dangerous”.
Philip Guest, a partner in the business who bravely confronted the gunman, said the street outside was busy at the time and some people appeared to be to filming the incident on their mobile phones.
Police have asked for all this footage to be given to the inquiry.
Officers made a further appeal for help yesterday, saying they would like to identify six or seven men who were seen between two saloon-type cars parked in a lay-by on the A1035 Malton Road between the Molescroft Roundabout and Dog Kennel Lane Roundabout at Constitution Hill about an hour before the robbery.
Det Insp Mark Chapman said the group “may have nothing to do with the robbery but we are very keen to identify them and find out why they were there.
“I would urge anyone who believes they may have witnessed these vehicles and men to call 101.”
The two robbers in the shop forced staff to lie on the ground at gunpoint before smashing their way into the display cabinets with the axe.
They both wore black balaclavas, industrial-style rubber gloves and white paper boiler suites.