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Armed men in clown and Halloween masks robbed a large amount of jewellery from a shop in Wigan.Armed men in clown and Halloween masks robbed a large amount of jewellery from a shop in Wigan.
The incident happened shortly after 10.20am on Tuesday 23 October 2012, at the jewellers on Tyldesley Arcade.
Three men, armed with crowbars and a hammer got out of a dark coloured vehicle at the edge of the shopping centre and walked a short distance into the jewellers.
They threatened staff and stole a large amount of jewellery from the shop before running off in the same direction they arrived.
They got back into the dark coloured vehicle, which was driven by a fourth man and made off.
The three men are described as wearing dark trousers, gloves and white Tshirts, with long sleeved dark tops underneath. One of the men was wearing a clown mask with a red curly wig, the second man was wearing a Halloween style mask with a white dreadlock-type wig and the third man was wearing what was believed to be a clown mask with a black curly wig. They were also carrying charity collection buckets.
Detective Sergeant Graham Clare from Wigan CID said: "These men have terrified staff and onlookers as they carried out this robbery dressed in horror style masks and armed with weapons. These men even had the audacity to carry charity collection buckets as they committed this crime.
"We are making a number of inquiries to identify these criminals and are appealing for the public to contact us if they saw these men in the lead up to or after this robbery, or if they have any information about who they think may be responsible.
"We are also appealing to anyone that is offered any of this jewellery to do the right thing and call us, so we can trace these items and return them to their rightful owner.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Wigan CID on 0161 856 7295 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.