A GANG of masked men stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and watches during a raid at a Crewe jewellery shop.
The four men, wearing hats, scarves and gloves, burst into John Pass Jewellers in Nantwich Road on Monday morning.
Police say they threatened staff with hammers and a crowbar before making off with jewellery and watches. They fled along Westminster Street in a metallic-blue Volvo.
A Cheshire police spokesman said: 'Staff were left shaken but not hurt.
'The vehicle was parked in Westminster Street before the raid. The gang returned to the car before speeding off and turning into Stalbridge Road. It was later found abandoned on Mavor Court off Flag Lane.
'We'd appeal to anyone who has information on the movements of the car and also a black bag containing clothes they were wearing which was found in Middlewich Road.'
The men are all described as white and aged between 18 and 25, 5ft 6in to 6ft tall and of slim, athletic build.
The first man who entered the shop was wearing a trilby-style hat, false beard and moustache.
Beverley Clark, who works next door to John Pass Jewellers in Global Videos, said: 'One of our customers came in at about 10am and told us to ring the police because the jeweller's next door was being robbed. I saw them run past our shop window.'
Scaffolder Ian Wilshaw, from Middlewich, was working in Westminster Street at the time and said: 'I heard them shout 'go, go, go' but they got stuck so I had time to write the registration number down.'
Anyone with information can call Crewe Special Investigations Unit on 01244 613333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.