Store owner thwarts two men during attempted robbery in Great Yarmouth

Philip Barulis, owner of Philip John Jewellers.Attempted robbery at the jewellers on King Street.Pic

Philip Barulis, owner of Philip John Jewellers.Attempted robbery at the jewellers on King Street.Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A brave store owner thwarted two men during an attempted robbery in Great Yarmouth.

Philip Barulis, was alone in Philip John Jewellers on King Street, yesterday morning, when two men entered the store.

A confrontation ensued as the two men attempted to steal items from the store before fleeing.

Mr Barulis, who lives in Lowestoft, said: 'I was in the back room behind the shop when one man tried to hold the door to the shop shut on me.

'I instantly saw this and there was a bit of a struggle between us and I was able to keep the door open. I shouted at them to get out and one of the men threw a chair at me and kicked me in the shin.

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'The other man looked like he was trying to take some items before they then fled off towards Victoria Arcade. '

Police were called to the scene at 9.55am. They said that no weapons were used, no one was hurt and it is believed nothing was stolen.

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Until 2.30pm the shop was taped off and surrounded by police and forensic teams.

Mr Barulis suffered some bruising to his shin and a cut on his hand.

He said: 'It is shocking really I have worked here 28 years and though we have been robbed once before I wasn't in the store then, this was the first kind of physical confrontation.

'I would have approached them but you just don't know whether they might of been carrying anything.'

The first culprit is described as Asian, aged in his 20s, approximately 5ft 8 tall, of slim to medium build and had a moustache. He was wearing a black anorak with the hood up and black tracksuit bottoms.

The second man is described as in his late teens or early 20s, slim to medium build and was wearing a black anorak with the hood up.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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