A police investigation has been launched into the attempted armed robbery of a Lancashire jewellers in which false number plates were used to assist in the getaway.
During the raid, a member of staff at David Burns Jewellers on Hesketh Lane, Tarleton, was shot during the incident.
Police are calling out for those who were in the local vicinity on Thursday 17 March just before mid-day to contact them with any information that may assist in their search.
A ball bearing gun was used to shoot the member of staff in the ear and chest.
Police located the getaway car, a silver Renault Laguna, after it had been abandoned by the gang’s driver.
The theives removed the number plates, which are thought to be false, and took them as they departed the vehicle.
Police are urging anyone who finds the number plates, that display a registration number similar to MX52MLL, to contact them as a matter of urgency.
“We know that this car was in the area shortly before the attack and has driven along Hesketh Lane in both directions, turning once at the mini roundabout near to Booths supermarket,” explained Detective Inspector Graham Hill.
“The car had two white fluffy cushions on the parcel shelf, along with a box of tissues and a ‘baby on board’ sticker displayed in the back window.
“We believe there were four men on board so someone may have thought that they looked out of place within that particular car.
“The car was found with some mechanical damage and was displaying its hazard warning lights.
“It is likely that they have sustained damage to the car during their getaway and have had to travel at a reduced speed for some distance with their hazard lights in operation.”
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