Police are hunting a gang of four men after a mobile phone store at a shopping centre was raided yesterday afternoon.
Witnesses reported seeing four men run into the Carphone Warehouse shop in the Overgate, steal goods and sprint out of the centre through emergency doors.
Police said they were dealing with an “ongoing incident” at the shopping centre.
One witness said: “I’d just walked past the shop when I heard a crash. It sounded like something falling over, then the alarms went off.
“I saw four guys running out of the store and pushing through the emergency doors into the street. One of them looked like he had a load of mobile phones in his arms.”
A Carphone Warehouse worker said: “It was over very quickly. They were in and out in seconds.”
Overgate centre manager Malcolm Angus said: “Four males entered Carphone Warehouse at around 12.30pm. They stole a number of phones from the store’s display.
“The police are currently dealing with the incident and we have no further information.”
A staff member in the adjacent Paperchase store said they heard a disturbance and members of the public shouting that someone had taken items from the shop and made off, but added that it all happened “extremely quickly”.
Last month the telecoms chain, run by parent firm Dixons Carphone, pulled down the shutters on its Murraygate store, leaving the Overgate branch as the sole Carphone Warehouse in the city centre.
A note on the front door reads: “We are now closed. Please visit our store in (the) Overgate.”
Dixons Carphone announced in May it was set to close 92 stores across the UK in order to cut costs. However, it is understood no job losses are being incurred as staff from affected stores are being re-allocated elsewhere.
A Carphone Warehouse spokesperson said: “The safety and wellbeing of all our staff and customers is our utmost priority. The investigation into this incident is ongoing and anyone with any further information should contact the local police.”