Unidentified Suspect Makes Off with $20,000 in Jewellery After Smash-and-Grab Incident
Police are currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred on the evening of November 15 on Station Street in Werribee. According to reports, an unknown male entered a local business around 5:20 pm, causing damage to glass cases and making off with approximately $20,000 worth of jewellery.
The suspect, a man in his early twenties, reportedly entered the store and declined assistance from sales staff. Instead, he proceeded to damage glass cases using a hammer, taking off with a significant amount of men’s jewellery. Witnesses say glass shattered during the incident.
Some of the stolen jewellery was later found nearby by investigators. A witness provided additional information, recounting the incident at Cash Converters, “Around 5:15 pm, about 8 or 9 people were in the shop. One guy, anglo-saxon looking, walked in and when a sales staff member asked if he needed help, he said ‘no’ and started hitting the jewellery counter with a hammer, smashing it. Glass was flying everywhere. The staff said he grabbed around $20,000 worth of men’s jewellery.”
The witness and two other workers pursued the suspect briefly as he left the shop, but the chase was abandoned as he ran down a nearby laneway and across a footbridge towards Wyndham Park. Fortunately, no injuries were reported during the incident.
A police search was initiated along the Werribee river extending to Cottrell Street and also included around 5 or 6 police cars and the dog squad but no arrests were made.
The investigation is still ongoing, and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au. Authorities are working to piece together the details surrounding the robbery and apprehend the suspect responsible.