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A gunman robbed a Flatts Village jewellery store in broad daylight this morning.

The culprit made off with a large quantity of jewellery after accosting a female clerk at Link to Link on North Shore Road.

A large number of Police officers attended the scene following the incident around 10.45am.

Speaking from the scene, Dilton Robinson explained that his son Shane Robinson, runs the store.

Mr Robinson Sr said the robber was “a man with a gun” and a female clerk, believed to be around 40, was in the store at the time.

He added that “a lot of gold has been taken” from what he has heard so far and that the robber may have been driven away by an accomplice on a motorcycle.

Asked how he felt about what happened to his son, Mr Robinson Sr said he is “pretty devastated”.

Chief Inspector Tracy Adams said: “Around 10.45am, a gentleman went into the Link to Link store in Flatts and had what appeared to be a firearm and demanded jewellery and other property from the lone shopkeeper.

“We find this very disturbing and we’re asking for anyone in the area that may have seen anything to contact us. It looks like the individual got away with a large quantity of jewellery and my experience tells me that in these kinds of offences someone needs some assistance to offload any property that he may have gotten. So we are asking anybody that may have information to please give us a call and help us solve this crime.

“We are asking people to be vigilant and be on the lookout for anybody trying to exchange or get rid of any sort of jewellery to give us a call and help us catch the culprit. We believe he may have made good his escape on a motorcycle.”

Chief Insp Adams said it was too early to state the value of the jewellery stolen or to give any description of the suspect beyond that he is a “black male”. He said that “fortunately there was no injury to anybody” but the shop clerk was “visibly shaken up as anybody would be after suffering this kind of experience”.

He said the police are investigating whether there is any CCTV footage that can assist in the investigation.

Link to Link, which specialises in hand made original jewellery, is the third Flatts business to have suffered from violent crime in the past four years.

In November 2008, a trio of armed men burst into the International Lines and Designs barbershop next door to Link to Link and attacked a man working there. That incident also occurred in broad daylight.

There was an armed robbery at the Van Buren gas station in the village in 1999 in which a pistol was brandished. The same gas station was targeted by a robber armed with a blade around 6.55pm on January 3 2012.

The latest incident left local business owners outraged.

Stephen West, who runs West Port Architecture and CW Construction across the street from the jewellery store said: “I think it’s outrageous.”

Mr West said the first he heard of the robbery was when he saw the police outside, but business owners “will start to keep our eyes open for anything suspicious in the village”.

He added that he will be installing CCTV cameras.

Vivion Adderley who runs Flatts Menswear a short distance up the road said he felt “shocked” and “really worried”.

He called for CCTV to be installed in the village.

Shadow Minister of National Security Jeff Baron attended the scene around an hour after the incident. He said he wanted to show his concern over what happened and his support for the police.

A former police Sergeant himself, Mr Baron said: “This happened in broad daylight which shows a certain level of desperation or bravery. Both of those are concerning.”

He encouraged anyone with information that could help the investigation to call police on 295-0011 or the confidential Crimestoppers hotline, 800-8477.

Police at the scene of an armed robbery in Flatts this morning. Picture Glenn Tucker.

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Published December 05, 2012 at 2:00 pm (Updated December 05, 2012 at 2:42 pm)

Gold stolen during armed robbery in Flatts.

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