A masked gang of thugs escaped with gems and luxury watches worth more than £100,000 in a terrifying burglary. Police suspect the culprits who struck in Wilmslow were from Manchester.
Amongst the haul snatched was a large quantity of jewellery including a solitaire ring, a Rolex Daytona watch, a Rolex Presidential watch and a Rolex Sky Dweller.
Three thugs broke into an address on Manchester Road at around 8.15pm on November 17. Once inside, the burglars, who were armed with crowbars, threatened the occupants.
In a statement Cheshire Constabulary said: "They then fled the scene in an unknown direction, taking with them a large quantity of jewellery and three watches, including a solitaire ring, a Rolex Daytona watch, a Rolex Presidential watch and a Rolex Sky Dweller.
"All three of the men were wearing black clothing and balaclavas, they all had strong Mancunian accents."
One of the men was described as around 6ft 1in tall and of stocky build; the second was around 6’ tall and of athletic build, while the third man was describes as being slightly smaller and of a stocky build. Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing and detectives are urging anyone who was in the area and saw anything that may aid their investigation to get in touch.
Detective Sergeant Stephen Joyce, of Macclesfield CID, said: “This was an absolutely terrifying incident for all those involved and we are committed to doing all we can to trace the people responsible. Enquiries are ongoing and as part of our investigation we want to hear from anyone who was in the Manchester Road area, near to Styal Road, around the time of the incident and believes they may have witnessed anything suspicious.
“The same goes for anyone with any CCTV or dashcam footage which may aid our investigation. I’d also ask businesses or individuals to be vigilant and report anyone who may be trying to sell the stolen watches and jewellery.” Detectives are also appealing for witnesses and video footage following the burglary.
Anyone with information or footage that may aid the ongoing investigation should visit https://www.cheshire.police.uk/police-forces/cheshire-constabulary/areas/cheshire/about-us/about-us/provide-more-information-about-an-appeal/ or call 101, quoting IML 1415021. Information can also be reported anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.