A £7,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men who attacked and robbed East Grinstead traders Paul and Alfie Thorpe on Thursday afternoon.
The Thorpes were viciously beaten in Portland Road as they approached their car after locking up at the East Grinstead Watch Shop in Middle Row at around 4pm on Thursday afternoon.
Both men lost teeth in the attack during which a very valuable, limited edition Audemers Piguet watch was snatched, and Alfie was treated in hospital for his injuries.
Following the incident, the two suspects – described by police as black, in their late teens or early twenties, 5′ 10″ with short hair and dressed all in black – made their getaway in a stolen Ford Mondeo they carjacked from a passing motorist when their stolen Yamaha motorbike failed to start.
The car was found a short time later in a rural car park in Rabies Heath Road between South Godstone and Bletchingley in Surrey where the men transferred to a black BMW with a driver waiting at the wheel.
Appealing for witnesses, a police spokesman said: ‘We are particularly interested in anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area in the last few days, especially if they were with the Yamaha motorbike.
‘Did you see the Mondeo being driven, possibly very fast, from East Grinstead towards South Godstone or the BMW after it left the car park, heading for Bletchingley?
‘If so, please email email@example.com or call 101 quoting serial 1069 of 14/08. Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’