Detectives investigating an armed robbery at Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder on Tuesday 27 June are re-appealing for information.
At around 11am, three men entered the hotel and robbed a jewellery store. The men made off with Rolex watches. They left the scene in a dark blue coloured Audi car which was later abandoned near to Auchterarder. It is strongly believed they then left the Auchterarder area in a Range Rover Evoque.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Patrick who is leading the investigating said:
"This was a particularly alarming crime, in which the three men made off with in excess of 50 Rolex watches, worth half a million pounds from the Mappin and Webb store within the hotel.
"We are looking to trace the three men but we believe they may have had assistance from others. They are described as wearing dark coloured clothing, dark hats and faces partially covered.
"During the robbery a firearm was presented at staff, thankfully no shots were fired and no one was injured.
"Our extensive enquiries so far have established that the Audi car which was abandoned in the Auchterarder area was stolen from the Kent area in June. The two door grey-coloured Range Rover Evoque was stolen from the London area in May. Both vehicles were bearing cloned number plates. I would appeal to anyone who may have information regarding the theft of these vehicles to come forward.
"A Range Rover Evoque was later found burnt out in St Peter's Cemetery in the London Road area of Glasgow the day after the robbery on Wednesday 28 June. There is a strong likelihood this could be the vehicle used in the crime.
"We have today released images of the watches stolen and an image of the hammer which was used to smash the glass cabinets within the shop. The hammer was an Am-Tech 4lb sledge hammer with a fibre glass shaft. ‘I would appeal to anyone who knows where this item was purchased to contact us.
"I would also appeal to anyone who is offered the watches for sale to contact us, particularly jewellery stores, pawn brokers or shopkeepers.
"Anyone with any information that may be useful should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting CR/ 16733/17 or speak to any police officer.
"Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."