Surrey man found dead one day after horror robbery at jewellers

-Credit: (Image: Met Police)
-Credit: (Image: Met Police)

A watch dealer from Surrey was found dead less than 36 hours after two robbers attacked him in a jewellery store raid.

Oliver White, was working at 247 Kettles in Richmond on Saturday afternoon, when two unarmed assailants entered the store at around 2.50pm. CCTV footage posted online appears to show a shop worker being put in a chokehold during the raid.

The pair made off with several high-value watches. It is believed Oliver did not receive serious injuries. However he was found dead in Shepperton, north Surrey, after police received reports of concerns for his safety at around 8.15pm the next day. His death is not believed to be suspicious.

The watch dealer was found dead 24 hours after robbers put him in chokehold
The watch dealer was found dead 24 hours after robbers put him in chokehold -Credit:MPS

His heartbroken girlfriend has spoken out following his death alongside a picture of them together. She wrote: "My darling boy I can't believe you're gone. This was our last photo together. This was only 2 weeks ago and now I'll never see you again. The last thing you said to me was I love you."

She sent messages to his phone and said she hoped that "this is all a nightmare and you'll reply." Alana added: "I don't know how I'll do life without you, my whole world has ended."

A Surrey Police spokesman said: “Officers were called to Sheepwalk Road in Shepperton on Sunday May 26 shortly after 8.15pm following a report of a concern for safety at the location.

“A man in his 20s was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin are aware and are being supported. Enquiries are still ongoing, but his death is not thought to be suspicious.”

The Metropolitan Police have issued an appeal to see if anyone knows the suspects from the watch raid. A spokesperson commented: "We are aware of the death of a man in Surrey on Sunday, 26 May. This is being investigated by officers from Surrey Police and is not being treated as suspicious at this time. The man who died was the victim of a robbery at a jewellers in Richmond on Saturday, 25 May. We ask that the privacy of his family is respected at this difficult time."

On Saturday, the Metropolitan Police released images of two men they wish to locate following the robbery and said the staff member had not been seriously injured.

In the images, one man wears a grey hoodie while the other wears a black and white T-shirt with sunglasses on his head.Police said on Tuesday that no arrests had been made.

The force asked anyone with information to call 101, quoting incident number CAD4555/25May, or to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.