Jewel theft charges
THREE men have been charged in connection with a robbery which took place at a jewellery shop in Marlborough on Tuesday morning.
The men, who are all from the Coventry area, were arrested following a dramatic chase which ended up in wooded area close to the Great Western Hospital.
Linton Daren Summerfield, 20, Marcus Delroy Jeremiah Cohen, 33, and Paul Gallimore, 33, have been remanded in custody and will appear today at Chippenham magistrates court.
Police are still unable to confirm reports which suggested two further men suspected of being involved in the robbery are still on the loose.
At 9.45am on Tuesday, a group of masked men allegedly entered the shop and began smashing display cases and grabbing jewellery and cash.
Some eye witnesses at the time reported seeing five men enter the shop. It was also claimed that they were carrying baseball bats and hammers, although no staff were injured or threatened during the heist.
The group were said to have fled in a Citroen Picasso which was later found torched on Free’s Avenue, in Marlborough.
Officers in a marked police car then spotted a black Seat Leon heading towards Swindon and tailed the vehicle.
On the A419 it collided with a Royal Mail lorry and another car, close the hospital slip road.
No one was injured in the crash and three men then allegedly fled from the Seat, heading towards woodland behind the hospital, with dozens of police in pursuit including a dog unit, armed police and the helicopter.
The first suspect was arrested almost immediately. The other two men were captured a short time later and the custody time limit was due to expire at 11am yesterday but this was extended to give detectives more time to question the trio. The three were charged last night.
The total amount allegedly taken from the shop has not been confirmed.
Chief Inspector Keith Ewart, of Swindon Operations at Wiltshire Police, said: “Firstly, I would like to thank each member of the public who has taken the time to contact Wiltshire Police over the last 24 hours with information regarding this incident.
“Thanks to the information provided by these witnesses, we have been able to piece together what has likely happened.”
Richard Deacon, who also owns shops in Swindon and Royal Wootton Bassett said: “I am very pleased to say no-one was hurt and property has been recovered that we believe was stolen during the attack.”
Anyone with information about this incident should contact Wiltshire Police on 101 Or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.