Police are investigating after a stolen van was rammed into a Carmarthen jewellery shop before being followed along the A48 and M4 and later ‘brought to a stop’ by armed police.
The incident happened at Pandora in Lammas Street in the centre of Carmarthen, early on Tuesday morning. Police said they received a call shortly before 6am to reports that someone had gained entry to the shop with the use of a Transit van.
Police said the vehicle involved was followed along a dual carriageway outside Carmarthen and eventually stopped with the aid of armed police and officers from South Wales Police in the Morriston area of Swansea. A man was later arrested in connection with the incident. Officers are now also looking for a second person they suspect to have been involved.
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A cordon was placed around the area immediately outside the store, and officers remained there on Tuesday morning. It has not been confirmed what, if anything, has been taken, but pictures from the scene show damage has been caused to the front of the shop. The main entrance doors have been bent and partly removed from their hinges, while a small pillar to the right of the store was also struck.
Pandora has been asked for an update on the situation but has not commented, although the shop was closed on Tuesday as a result of the incident.
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A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police said: “We were called to a break-in at Pandora in Lammas Street, Carmarthen, at around 5.50am today (Tuesday, 4 May). A black Transit van had been seen reversing into the window to gain entry to the shop. The vehicle was followed east along the A48 and M4, before leaving the motorway and being brought to a stop in the Morriston area with the assistance of the joint firearms unit and South Wales Police.
“A 38-year-old male was arrested and remains in police custody. Enquiries are ongoing to locate a second person involved in the raid. It has since transpired that the van used in the raid was later reported stolen from the Swansea area by its registered keeper. Anyone with information is asked to contact us quoting DP-20210504-033.. This can be done online at dyfed-powys.police.uk/contact, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 101.”