Glasgow robbery – level 3

30-09-2014 07:00

This video footage shows the moment shoppers in Glasgow fled in terror on Tuesday, as armed robbers tried to smash their way into a jeweller’s, in broad daylight.

The gang of masked thieves, armed with hammers, targeted the Argyll Arcade which houses 30 jewellers and diamond merchants, at about midday.

Smoke filled the historic city centre mall as the gang triggered anti-raid alarms, causing shocked customers to run outside in sheer panic.

A security guard, dressed in his traditional uniform, complete with a top hat, can be seen trying to apprehend the gang.

Their getaway, through thick smoke, was captured on video by stunned shoppers who were reportedly warned that they would be killed unless they moved.

Witnesses said the suspects, who were wearing black and grey clothing, ran off down a nearby lane.

Police are now investigating and are appealing for anyone with information to get in contact.

Difficult words: footage (video), flee (run away), merchant (somebody involved in trade or selling things), trigger (cause a device to function), raid (rapid surprise attack), sheer (absolute), apprehend (arrest), stunned (shocked), reportedly (according to what people say), appeal (request).



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