TWO brazen thieves were caught on camera strolling out of a jewellery store after raiding it.

The Gazette was sent video footage of two people wearing motorbike helmets, at Ernest Jones in Culver Square, Colchester.

The video was filmed just before 5am yesterday morning.

It shows one person in black motorcycle gear walk out of the jewellery store with a backpack containing a long object, which could have been used to break the shop glass.

He then walks back into the store and a second person wearing a white motorcycle helmet can be seen grabbing items of jewellery from the window displays.

The sound of glass breaking can be heard in the video.

The pair then both walk out of the shop and the sound of a motorbike driving away can be heard.

Signet Jewellers, which deals with press inquiries for Ernest Jones, said thankfully the stolen items can be traced.

They said: “At approximately 4:30am, there was a burglary in Ernest Jones.

“All of the stolen items possess serial numbers which means they will be completely traceable if any attempt at resale is made.”


We contacted Culver Square and Essex Police for a comment.

Dave Robertson, centre manager at Culver Square said: “We can confirm there was a break-in at Ernest Jones. Thankfully no one was hurt and we are now supporting Ernest Jones and the police in their investigation.


“If anyone has information or witnessed the incident, please do make contact with Essex Police.”

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "We are investigating a robbery in which watches worth tens of thousands of pounds were stolen.

"Two suspects riding a motorbike used a hammer to smash the front doors of Ernest Jones jewellers. They smashed display cases and stole TAG Heuer and Longines watches.

"One of the suspects had what appeared to be a gun. Two security guards were inside the premises at the time but were unhurt.

"The suspects were described as white, aged in their late teens to early 20s and wore black leathers. One had a white crash helmet. 

"Officers carried out a search of the area and enquiries are ongoing by our local policing team and the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

"Witnesses and anyone with information or video footage are asked to call 101 quoting incident number 106 of December 12.

"Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at"