Barking and Dagenham links to Wales jewellery heist

CCTV image from the clock shop robbery in South Wales

CCTV image from the clock shop robbery in South Wales - Credit: Archant

Police are appealing for information on three men and a foreign-registered van believed to from Barking and Dagenham in connection with an armed robbery in Wales.

Three men entered a jewellers in Porthcawl on July 31 at 10am and sprayed two staff members with an incapacitant before binding them with tape.

They then picked up a large quantity of jewellery and walked out.

All three wore white shirts, two wore denim jeans and the other dark trousers, and two had Jewish skull caps on.

The men spoke in a foreign language and used broken English.

Detectives later recovered a VW Transporter, registration FTZ449, which is from the Barking and Dagenham area.

They also arrested a 27-year-old Lithuanian national from Dagenham.

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Investigating officer, Sgt Mark O’Shea, said: “Although we have made an arrest, we are still appealing for information regarding the identity of the individuals in the CCTV picture and specifically about the vehicle which we have now recovered.

“From our enquiries we believe that this vehicle, a Volkswagen Transporter FTZ449, is from the Barking and Dagenham area and we are appealing to anyone who has any information about its ownership or who has been using the vehicle to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting reference 6213023719.