Thugs armed with MEAT CLEAVER and a bat steal £200,000 worth of luxury watches from smash-and-grab jewelry store

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This is the moment when a gang of thugs armed with meat cleavers smash through the glass door of a jewelry store and terrorize the staff.

Hooded thieves wore £200,000 worth of luxury watches before flying off on an Audi getaway after yesterday’s burglary.

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One of the henchmen was armed with a giant bat, another with a macheteCredit: The Sun
A hammer wielding thug puts watches in a bag

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A hammer wielding thug puts watches in a bagCredit: The Sun

The gang descended on the Elite HNW store in Beaconsfield, Bucks, about 15 minutes after the family business opened yesterday.

Horrific footage shows the criminal gang throwing a heavy brick fire hydrant cover across the facade, before piling in.

One of the masked thieves wields a giant baseball bat, another holds an obscenely sized blade.

The third thief uses a sharp hammer to smash the glass case, stuffing “high value” watch boxes into a bag.

The other two hooligans can be seen waving weapons and destroying the store, as staff look on terrified.

Store owner Max Thorne said he and staff were “shaken” after being terrorized by the thugs.

Mr Thorne, 54, told The Sun: “Staff, thank goodness, are safe – if a bit shaken.

“They had a pickaxe, a machete and a knife – they parked a car outside and threw a fire hydrant cover out the window and opened the door and then came in threatening us.

“They came at me with the machete and the knife. They were in and out within minutes.”

Max, who only opened the store in December, said he hadn’t had time to properly calculate the cost of the damage and looting – but it could approach a quarter of a million pounds.

He said: “They’ve taken a lot of high value watches, we haven’t done proper inventory yet, but I think it’s around £200,000.”

Thames Valley Police said no one was arrested, with Mr Thorne praising their quick response and the bravery of his staff.

He said: “All staff handled the situation exceptionally and the police were fantastic.

“We pressed the panic button and they were all there straight away, we had an armed response and helicopters – and apparently they found the boxes of some of the watches.”

Mr Thorne told The Sun he understood the cops were ‘hot on the heels’ of the gang of goons.

But he added: “It’s such a shame, you’re trying to bring something special and unique to a town like Beaconsfield and something like that happens.”

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: “Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Beaconsfield.

“The incident happened around 10:15 a.m. this morning (03/08) at Elite, a jewelry store on the highway.

“Three men forced their way into the store and were armed with baseball bats and a meat cleaver and threatened the staff.

They broke down the door and threatened us

Max Thorne

“They stole jewelery worth an estimated £200,000, before driving off towards Burkes Road.

“They left in a gray Audi, with partial registration of GK15. No one was injured in the incident.

“Officers located the jewelery abandoned at a bus stop on the A40 at the end of Burkes Road shortly thereafter.”

The investigating officer, Detective Constable Mark Banham, based at Amersham Police Station, said:

“We are appealing for witnesses at two locations in relation to this incident.

“First to the jewelry store and then to everyone who saw the attackers throwing the jewelry at the bus stop soon after.

“I especially want to speak to anyone who has dash cam footage of Burkes Road and was in the area between 10:15am and 10:30am today.

“If you have any information please call 101 or report online quoting reference number 43220102266.

“Alternatively, for 100 per cent anonymity, you can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Shop owner Max Thorne told The Sun the thieves stole around £200,000 worth of goods

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Shop owner Max Thorne told The Sun the thieves stole around £200,000 worth of goods
Thugs get away in a gray Audi

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Thugs get away in a gray AudiCredit: Newsflare
Glass covered the floor of the store after goons smashed the facade

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Glass covered the floor of the store after goons smashed the facadeCredit: The Sun
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