Detectives have released an CCTV still of a man they want to speak to following a smash and grab robbery at a jewellers in Ormskirk, which saw the store owner threatened with an angle grinder.

Officers have also released images of some of the items stolen during the raid, which happened yesterday (September 25th) at a jewellers in Moorgate.

Just after 4.35pm a male suspect has cut through a side window with an angle grinder and began taking items of jewellery.

The business owner has then come outside to challenge the man and he has initially chased him away. As the shop owner returned to the store he was then threatened with the power tool. The suspect has then continued to take more items via the broken window.

He has then ridden off on a black mountain bike (pictured), which had white forks, with tens of thousands of pounds of platinum and white gold diamond jewellery.

He has ridden away at speed in the direction of the town centre, travelling via the Marks & Spencer’s carpark, the alleyway leading to Moor Street, right at clock tower onto Burscough Street, along the alleyway by Weatherspoon’s onto Leyland Way to Railway Road, over the bridge and left onto the station approach, past the train station and onto the nearby footpaths.

The suspect is described as white, approximately 5ft 7ins tall, of a medium build and aged in his early 40s. He was wearing a black face covering, black T-shirt, black pants, sunglasses and a black cap carrying a black and white JD sports carrier bag on his back and wearing blue gloves.

Detectives are now appealing for any witnesses or anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV still to come forward. They also want to hear from anybody who has been offered any of the stolen items in the photographs for sale.

DC Kelly Rosenthal, of South CID, said: “This was a terrifying incident for the jewellery store owner and he has been left very shaken up by it. Thankfully, he was not injured during the ordeal but we need to catch the man responsible.

Although there has been no arrest made at this stage enquiries are progressing and we need the public’s help identifying the man in the CCTV still. We also want to hear from other jewellers in the area if they have been offered any of the stolen items for sale.”

Anyone with information is asked to email or call 101, quoting log 0994 of September 25th, 2020. Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.