Birmingham jeweller awarded for bravery during shop raid


BIRMINGHAM: A brave jeweller who helped police arrest robbers who bound and gagged him at his Birmingham shop has been honoured with a top award.  Chouhan Pal was assaulted, bound with ties and had tape put over his mouth during the terrifying ordeal at Dubai Jewellers in April 2018.

The three raiders had tricked their way into the shop using fake security industry ID badges and claiming they needed to carry out CCTV checks.  Chouhan managed to hit an alarm with his shoulder, trapping the gang in the shop and setting off a smoke cloak.

When they demanded the keys to the front door, he gave them the keys to a holding area by the front door and then used the automatic release to trap them there.

A passer-by heard their cries for help and let the men out, thinking there was a fire.  But police arrived and the passers-by and Chouhan helped them detain the gang. All three went on to admit robbery and at Birmingham Crown Court last July were jailed for 14, 12 and nine-and-a-half years respectively. Chouhan has now been given a Chief Constable’s Good Citizen’s Award.

Chief Constable Dave Thompson told him: “Your quick-thinking actions and bravery allowed three offenders who had committed a robbery in the jeweller’s shop you own to be detained and arrested.  “Despite being assaulted, you displayed courage and took the risk to set the alarm off and trap the offenders inside the building with you.”