Police launch large scale investigation after cars torched and two jewellery stores raided in Watford

Burned out Nissan in Gladstone Road

Charred Audi A5 in Queens Road

Walkway cordoned off behind the intu Watford centre

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Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Police have launched a large scale investigation after cars were set alight and two jewellery stores were raided in Watford town centre last night.

This morning forensic officers and fire investigators were working on a burned out Audi A5 in Queens Road and Nissan hatchback in nearby Gladstone Road.

The charred remains of the vehicles are a stone’s throw away from intu Watford shopping centre where police are investigating two break-ins on jewellery stores.

Detectives are working on the understanding the car arsons and raids maybe linked.

This morning the entrance to the southern end of the centre, from the alleyway between High Street and The Broadway, was shuttered.

The walkway round the back of the Gordon Scott shoe store was cordoned off and a number of umbrellas were also discarded in the bushes nearby.

Inside the centre the ground floor luxury Swiss watch shop, Tag Heuer, had had one of its front windows smashed with a sledge hammer, which was dumped nearby, and items taken from its display.

The Earnest Jones jewellery store on 1st floor was also raided and is cordoned off.

The rest of the centre is open for business today.

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7:04pm Fri 29 Aug 14

drunkenduck says...

Very strange that all this happened all at once, one single night in the early hours of Friday morning. Though with all this CCTV cameras around, surely someone must of been spotted.
Very strange that all this happened all at once, one single night in the early hours of Friday morning. Though with all this CCTV cameras around, surely someone must of been spotted. drunkenduck
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2:45am Sat 30 Aug 14

theguitarman says...

Quote "Inside the centre the ground floor luxury Swiss watch shop, Tag Heuer, had had one of its front windows smashed with a sledge hammer, which was dumped nearby, and items taken from its display.

The Earnest Jones jewellery store on 1st floor was also raided and is cordoned off."

Note to Watford Observer: Tag Heuer is a brand not a shop, Earnest Jones is Ernest Jones. Elsewhere other news channels reported 3 cars set alight and 3 shops raided. Its nice to get it right
Quote "Inside the centre the ground floor luxury Swiss watch shop, Tag Heuer, had had one of its front windows smashed with a sledge hammer, which was dumped nearby, and items taken from its display. The Earnest Jones jewellery store on 1st floor was also raided and is cordoned off." Note to Watford Observer: Tag Heuer is a brand not a shop, Earnest Jones is Ernest Jones. Elsewhere other news channels reported 3 cars set alight and 3 shops raided. Its nice to get it right theguitarman
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6:31pm Sat 30 Aug 14

drunkenduck says...

theguitarman wrote:
Quote "Inside the centre the ground floor luxury Swiss watch shop, Tag Heuer, had had one of its front windows smashed with a sledge hammer, which was dumped nearby, and items taken from its display.

The Earnest Jones jewellery store on 1st floor was also raided and is cordoned off."

Note to Watford Observer: Tag Heuer is a brand not a shop, Earnest Jones is Ernest Jones. Elsewhere other news channels reported 3 cars set alight and 3 shops raided. Its nice to get it right
3 cars, where was the third car set alight?

The Audi A5 in (The Broadway) Queens Road look more of a suspect car, as it was parked so closed to Intu, plus wasn't parked so closed to any other cars. Not like the Nissan hatchback in Gladstone Road that had cars parked in front & back of it.
[quote][p][bold]theguitarman[/bold] wrote: Quote "Inside the centre the ground floor luxury Swiss watch shop, Tag Heuer, had had one of its front windows smashed with a sledge hammer, which was dumped nearby, and items taken from its display. The Earnest Jones jewellery store on 1st floor was also raided and is cordoned off." Note to Watford Observer: Tag Heuer is a brand not a shop, Earnest Jones is Ernest Jones. Elsewhere other news channels reported 3 cars set alight and 3 shops raided. Its nice to get it right[/p][/quote]3 cars, where was the third car set alight? The Audi A5 in (The Broadway) Queens Road look more of a suspect car, as it was parked so closed to Intu, plus wasn't parked so closed to any other cars. Not like the Nissan hatchback in Gladstone Road that had cars parked in front & back of it. drunkenduck
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8:44pm Sat 30 Aug 14

CliffT says...

Anyone would think these thieves were trying to divert attention away from the smashing noises in the harlequin
Anyone would think these thieves were trying to divert attention away from the smashing noises in the harlequin CliffT
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