Three in court over �83,000 raid

IPSWICH: A 21-year-old Ipswich man is due in court tomorrow in connection with an �83,000 raid on a jeweller’s shop

Keilan Buabeng, of Downside Close, is one of three men facing charges relating to a robbery last Wednesday at Frocks ‘n’ Rocks owned by former Ipswich jeweller Percy Ambrose.

Buabeng is charged with assisting or undertaking to retain, remove, or dispose of stolen goods.

The charges relates to a diamond ring, and a diamond and platinum bracelet. Their total value is said to be �30,000.

Buabeng is currently remanded in custody after appearing before Colchester Magistrates’ Court.

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He is now due to appear via a video link at Witham Magistrates’ Court in Essex tomorrow <wed>.

Co-accused Ashley Gibson, 19, of Loughton is also scheduled to appear with Buabeng on the same charge.

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A third man, James Lang, of Beche Close, Colchester, is charged with robbing Frocks ‘n’ Rocks along with an unknown accomplice. The pair are accused of taking jewellery valued at �83,500.

Lang, 19, is also remanded in custody. His next court appearance is due to be before Chelmsford Crown Court on May 10.

Balaclava-clad raiders went into Frocks ‘n’ Rocks jewellers in Connaught Avenue around 11am last Wednesday.

They threatened two women workers in the store, before making off with jewellery.

Among the other items stolen was a second-hand Cartier watch worth more than �6,000.

No weapons were used during the robbery, but both women were left shaken by the incident.

A 19-year-old man from Colchester has been released on police bail until May 18 pending further inquiries. He has been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Frocks ‘n’ Rocks, which hires out designer clothes and jewellery, has been targeted previously.

In 2007 Mr Ambrose and his wife Naomi, were tied up at their luxury home in nearby Thorpe-le-Soken robbers who threatened to shoot them.

Mr Ambrose was well known in Ipswich, particularly throughout the 1970s and 1980s, when he ran Fish & Son jeweller’s in The Walk.

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