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08/10/04
Time Flies Out the Door
- Exclusive shop is cleaned out by watch thieves

JEWELLERY worth UKP3 million has been snatched from one of London's most exclusive stores - on the night the store launched a new range of pricey watches.

"It was a very professional job," said Neil Duckworth, owner of The Watch Gallery in Chelsea. "We had just had an event where we invited guests to view our new collection of Lange and Sohne watches. After we closed the shop someone revisited us."

The burglars provided precious few clues for police, though a tiny camera was found in the shop which might suggest the thieves were scanning the premises to check the coast was clear before pulling off the heist.

"I don't know whether they had hidden inside when we locked up, or whether they had some other means of access," said Duckworth. "They knew how to get into the safe, and cleaned us out; we have almost nothing left now."

German made Lange and Sohne watches are considered among the most desirable on the planet and are available at only one other shop in the UK. They range in price from UKP6,000 to UKP100,000.




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