TWO men have stolen £1 million-worth of jewellery during an armed shop raid in which they smashed glass display cabinets with an axe.
The robbers, wearing hooded tops and concealing their faces, entered ROX jewellery store in George Street, Edinburgh at around 5.15pm yesterday.
Two women were working at the front of the shop when one of the men started smashing the display cabinets with an axe and the other produced what is believed to be a handgun.
The robbers put their haul of jewellery into rucksacks and made off on a black Honda 650 motorcycle.
The bike was later found abandoned in Northumberland Street, North West Lane, along with the axe. Both have been sent for forensic analysis, Lothian and Borders Police said.
Officers say they want to speak with anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time.
One of the robbers had a local accent and the other is said to be English. Both wore dark tops and jogging bottoms.
The man with the axe had a stripe on the sleeve and leg of his clothing.
The shop was closed as staff began the clear up after the robbery.
Detective Chief Inspector Bobby Deas said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the shop staff to endure, although, thankfully, neither was injured as a result.
"An estimated £1 million-worth of jewellery was stolen during this incident and we are conducting various lines of inquiry to trace these items and identify those responsible for their theft.
"The motorcycle which was used during the suspects' getaway is believed to have made a lot of noise as it sped off and members of the public who were nearby would have heard it.
"We would now urge anyone who remembers seeing or hearing the bike, or who recognises the description of the riders, to contact police immediately.
"Similarly, anyone with any other information that can assist with our enquiries is also asked to come forward."
A spokesperson for ROX said: "We can confirm that the ROX store in the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh was targeted by armed robbers on 15 January. Staff are badly shaken but thankfully no one was hurt.
"Initial estimates suggest that £1 million-worth of stock has been taken, including diamond necklaces and engagement rings worth upwards of £100,000 each and luxury watches from brands including Hublot and Corum. Girard-Perregaux watches were also taken during the raid.
"However, the rare Opera 2 timepiece worth £500,000 has not been in the store since Christmas.
"The store is closed today and will reopen tomorrow."
The ROX store opened in October in the grade A-listed Assembly Rooms which were renovated and reopened last July.