- Robbers dressed in burkas to disguise themselves as Asian women during raids
- Stole £206,000 of gems and jewellery and £76,000 in a raid on an Aldi store
- The gang members were jailed following thefts across Greater Manchester
- One shopper who stood in their way was slashed by a machete during one raid
This is the moment robbers armed with machetes stormed a jewellers to steal £106,000 of stones and watches while disguised as Muslim women in burkas.
The gang of ten men who carried out a series of terrifying armed raids across the north-west have been jailed for a total of 230 years.
The career-criminals went on a 12-month spree between June 2015 and June 2016 carrying out at least 10 raids across Greater Manchester.
They used disguises to steal some £206,000 worth of gems and jewellery and stole £76,000 from an Aldi supermarket, where they attacked a shopper with a machete as he tried to stop them.
The gang dressed in burkas to avoid being identified as they robbed jewellers and garages
The gang the ruse to get into a jewellers in Manchester and steal more than £100,000 worth of gems
Armed with sledgehammers and machetes, the gang wore burkas to get into a jewellers in Manchester and steal more than £100,000 worth of gems.
Astonishing CCTV footage shows the pair walking towards Punjab jewellers in Wilmslow Road.
They are followed a few seconds later by an innocent member of the public and then two hooded accomplices a few yards behind them.
Once outside the business the men dressed in burka conned the owners into letting them in.
After getting into a lobby area the burka-clad robbers force up security shutters to allow their accomplices in and they get into the shop.
The video shows they are armed with machetes and an axe. They then calmly fill bags with top quality Asian gold including bracelets and necklaces.