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Germani Jewellery was targeted by burglars. Image credit: Bill Hearne
Germani Jewellery was targeted by burglars. Image credit: Bill Hearne

Sydney jeweller robbed in ‘brazen’ 3am raid

Police are appealing for information after three men broke into the Germani Jewellery store in the Sydney CBD at 3am on Thursday 19 March, stealing items valued at $500,000.

The men – dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered – used sledgehammers to smash the front door and several display cases. They took earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings and escaped in a dark vehicle within four minutes.

Michael Germani, owner Germani Jewellery
Michael Germani, owner Germani Jewellery
"It was so brazen, it's unbelievable. In 2002 we were ramraided. It took us six months to get the store back to normal after that. It was a nightmare."
Michel Germani, owner Germani Jewellery

Police later confirmed the vehicle, described as a "luxury four-wheel drive", had been stolen from a property in the beachside suburb of Bronte in January.

The raid was captured on CCTV footage, which has been released to the public. 

View CCTV footage and Channel 9 coverage »

Inspector Gary Coffey, NSW Police, said, “We haven’t seen this type of crime in quite some time here in the city, but based on the footage… there is a level of planning there.”

He added that the men had “obviously established the location they were going to target well before tonight”.

Michel Germani – who has operated the store since 1985 – said, "It was so brazen, it's unbelievable," adding, "In 2002 we were ramraided. It took us six months to get the store back to normal after that. It was a nightmare."

Speaking to 9 News, Germani added, “People are desperate – and I was concerned, with everything that is happening, that people would resort to things like that [stealing]. That’s the scary part.”

No arrests have been made; police investigations continue.

 

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