The co-owner of Guest & Philips jewellery store in Beverley’s Saturday Market has spoken of the “unnerving” ordeal when a gang of armed robbers targeted the shop last Tuesday.
Philip Guest, 52, was one of six staff working at the store on Tuesday when two masked raiders burst into the store at about 9.30am.
One of the robbers threatened staff with a firearm, believed to be a sawn-off shotgun, and told them to lie on the floor.
The other smashed glass display cabinets with an axe and grabbed Cartier and Gucci watches worth a total of about £240,000.
A third member of the gang was waiting in a getaway car outside.
“It was an unnerving experience, not one you would want to repeat,” Mr Guest said.
“Our staff are being very brave. We carried on trading later in the day.”
During the incident, Mr Guest managed to hit the panic button to alert police before running to an upstairs window to shout a warning to passers-by.
As the gang escaped Mr Guest threw a vase at one of them from the upstairs window.
He said one of the gang pointed a gun at a delivery driver who tried to block them in.
Mr Guest commented: “We didn’t have time to think.
“Although it seemed to be quite long, it was very short. The whole incident took about three minutes.”
He added: “There’s never been an armed raid at the shop before fortunately.”
To view CCTV footage of the raid, visit www,beverleyguardian.co.uk.