'Passersby pocketed watches from pavement' after hammer robbers broke into Northampton pawnbroker's

The Money Shop in Sheep Street was yesterday (Monday) robbed.
The Money Shop in Sheep Street was yesterday (Monday) robbed.

Shopkeepers in a Northampton street have been left "on edge" after robbers stole jewellery from a pawnbroker's while passersby "looted" watches left on the ground.

The incident happened yesterday (Monday, March 20) at about 5pm at the town centre TSG Pawnbrokers in Regent Square.

Empty windows from the aftermath of the robbery.

Empty windows from the aftermath of the robbery.

One worker at a nearby shop said there were: "men armed with hammers smashing and grabbing [jewellery] before making off in a car. There were also bystanders looting the jewellery left behind."

Shop staff were still on site when the incident happened but it is understood that nobody was injured, although "high-value watches" were taken from the shop window.

Another worker, who doesn't wish to be identified, said: "I went outside for a cigarette at 5pm, I heard smashing glass, which I thought was coming from the workers across the road.

"I saw one guy, who jumped into a nearby car and sped off.

Boards are now in place to cover up smashed windows.

Boards are now in place to cover up smashed windows.

"It makes me feel on edge."

A spokeswoman for Northamptonshire Police said: "We were called to Regent Square at 5pm on Monday, March 20 following a burglary at a premises.

"Items were stolen from the shop and officers are investigating the incident."

The TSG Pawnbrokers head office have been approached for further comment.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have any information regarding it, witnesses or anyone with information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 111 555.