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

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

Tuesday, 21st March 2017, 2:42 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:21 am
The Money Shop in Sheep Street was yesterday (Monday) robbed.

The incident happened yesterday (Monday,March 5) at about 5pm at the town centre Money Shop in Sheep Street.

One worker at a nearby business 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.

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Empty windows in the aftermath of the robbery.

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.

"It makes me feel on edge."

Northamptonshire Police and the Money Shop head office have been approached for further comment.

Boards are now in place to cover up smashed windows.
Empty windows in the aftermath of the robbery.
Boards are now in place to cover up smashed windows.