Rochdale, UK:
A security guard at Exchange Shopping Center came upon three masked individuals armed with an axe and a machete stealing Rolex and Cartier watches and diamond rings at Prestons, a local jewelry store. One member of the gang tried to hit him with the machete and missed. The suspects escaped in a van with some stolen property, but dropped some while fleeing.

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