Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jeweller Tells of 'Ice-Cold' Gem Raider

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jeweller Tells of 'Ice-Cold' Gem Raider

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Byline: PATRICK MCGOWAN

A DIAMOND salesman today described how the hushed calm of a New Bond Street jewellers changed when a "ice cold" gunman produced a revolver in a [pounds sterling]23 million raid.

Staff at Graff Jewellers had noticed that the immaculately dressed "customer" was wearing a black wig that did not match his brown sideburns.

But that was nothing unusual said the salesman, who cannot be named for legal reasons. "We deal with millionaires and billionaires and often they don't want to be recognised," he told the Old Bailey. "I've seen people with plastic noses, even masks."

However, the salesman slipped a note to a colleague telling him to keep an eye on the man as he asked to see a [pounds sterling]400,000 ring. At that moment an accomplice came in and the man pulled out the gun.

"He leapt out of his chair," he said. "He reached for his pocket and pulled out his revolver, it was like a Dirty Harry gun, a Magnum .44. It was so long his arm went up in the air to pull this pistol out. …

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