Precious stones stolen in hold-up
An armed man escaped on foot with a tray of diamonds after holding up a jeweller's in Valletta yesterday evening.
The hold-up took place at about 6.30 p.m. at the shop of Jos Debono Jewellers Ltd in Sta Lucija Street, which is a pedestrian area.
The man, who was brandishing a pistol, escaped with a tray containing diamonds, police sources said. The value of the haul has not yet been established but it was described as running into several thousands.
The owner and a shop assistant, who were in the shop at the time, were not injured, although they were both in a state of shock when the police arrived on the scene soon afterwards.
An intensive police search is under way.
Magistrate Jacqueline Padovani is conducting an inquiry.