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Thursday, 7 March, 2002, 09:08 GMT
Robbers in burqas raid gem store
Women dressed in burqas
Robbers wore robes like those worn in Afghanistan
Two robbers disguised in Afghan-style robes stole 200,000 worth of jewellery from an exclusive London store.

The pair entered Ramot, in Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, disguised in burqas and full length robes which covered their bodies and faces.

However, once inside they flung open their gowns to reveal guns before locking staff in a back room and making off with the gems in a getaway car.

Scotland Yard said the robbery was carried out by a man and woman just after 1000 GMT on Wednesday.

'Unique' jewellery

The woman who rang the doorbell was dressed in a black burqa - which completely covers the face - while the man also wore a black full-length robe with a burqa headdress.

Once inside the store, the robbers lifted their veils, threatened staff and took keys to the display cabinets before leaving the scene in a black Mercedes Benz.

Jewellery taken was "unique" to the store, according to Scotland Yard.

Police described the driver of the Mercedes as black, with short curly hair. He was wearing either a blue or grey jacket.

Staff described the woman as having brown eyes while being 5ft 6ins tall.

The man was white, wearing blue jeans, white trainers, aged approximately 25, 5ft 11ins and of slim build.

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