BREAKING NEWS: No police action over would-be gold thieves

CCTV footage captures Mr Sakakini tackling one of the would-be robbers
CCTV footage captures Mr Sakakini tackling one of the would-be robbers

NO ACTION will be taken against two men arrested on suspicion of attempted theft from a town centre jewellers - despite CCTV showing a crime in progress.

Sussex Police said this week there was ‘insufficient evidence’ in connection with the incident at Sakakini Jewellers in Horsham’s Carfax.

Owner Dominic Sakakini thwarted the attempted raid of gold chains worth thousands on May 11.

At the time he said a youth came into his shop at about 1.30pm asking if he had any gold chains.

He went to the back of the store to find some examples but when he turned round he saw the youth was behind his workbench at the front of the shop and had grabbed a pad with several chains.

“I grabbed hold of him. He threw the pad to his mate standing in the doorway but all the chains fell off.”

He struggled free and both of them ran off. Police said they then ran from the shop towards Piries Place.

Mr Sakakini said the pad had about ten chains on it each worth between £500 and £600.

Officers were spotted searching bins and alleyways in the Market Square area of Horsham.

But yesterday, speaking exclusively to the County Times, Mr Sakakini branded the police procedures an ‘absolute joke’.

He said the the identity parade consisted of him being shown pictures rather than an actual line-up.

He said: “I found out on Sunday when they left me a message on my phone saying they didn’t have enough evidence to take any more action.

“They said there was a lack of evidence and I couldn’t ID them.

“The ID parade is a head and shoulders shot so you can’t see how tall they are or any other features except for their face.

“I just had a major problem with the ID parade as there is a lack of quality on the photos.

“I don’t understand how you can ID someone without seeing their size and height. So I could have picked someone but not been 100 per cent certain.”

The police said there was not enough CCTV evidence and the quality was not good enough, he added.

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