Lambeth jewelry store owner says he fended off would-be armed thieves

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The owner of a Lambeth jewelry store fended off would-be thieves in a brazen robbery attempt in broad daylight on Monday afternoon, he said.

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Simon Naifeh said two men – one with a gun, the other with a hammer – broke into the door of Bella Jewelry at 2479 Main St. in the south-west London community.

According to Naifeh, the men shouted, “Hands up! We (will) shoot you! Do not move ! upon entering the store.

Naifeh, his wife, his uncle and two customers were in the store. When the masked men started smashing the glass in his shop windows, Naifeh sprang into action and was able to foil the theft, he says.

“I just jumped on them,” he said. “I chased them away.”

“When I jumped on them, I hit them” with tweezers he was using for a welding job, Naifeh said.

There were two other men in a car outside, which took off with the four people on board. Naifeh said one of the men in the car was holding a bag.

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Naifeh said they were “young guys” who all had masks on their faces.

A customer was punched when thieves entered the store and suffered minor injuries, Naifeh said, but would-be thieves got nothing from his merchandise.

Naifeh has owned the store for four years. He says he will add more security cameras to his operation. “I don’t want to be in this situation again,” the trader said.

London police could not be reached for comment on their investigation. CTV London reports that Const. Scott Mandich confirmed no one in the store was injured and called the incident “traumatic” for them.

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