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Robber dons burka in Bury jeweller's shop raid

A robber posed as a woman in a burka to get past staff at a jeweller's in Greater Manchester.

The man used the disguise to get into Capri Jewellers on Benson Street, Bury, on Wednesday afternoon.

As soon as he was buzzed in he let in three other men, one armed with a gun, and they stole a large amount of jewellery before escaping.

Detectives said the robbery showed "detailed planning" and are appealing for information.

Chubby build

Det Con Chris Jameson, of Bury CID, said: "The store has very tight security so the ruse used to gain entry shows a level of detailed planning and I want to hear from anyone who may have overheard the gang preparing for this robbery.

"I would also urge anyone who knows the whereabouts of the getaway car or who may have been approached with a view to buying the stolen items to call police.

"All information will be treated in strict confidence."

The man dressed as a woman is described as Asian, over 6ft and of thin build.

The getaway driver is Asian, in his early 20s and of chubby build. He was bald and wearing glasses.

The other three offenders are Asian and were wearing balaclavas.

The gang left behind two canvas holdalls that were branded "Wei Bao".

Items including bangles, rings and lockets were taken in the raid, which happened at about 1615 BST.

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