Tragic End to Watch Dealer's Ordeal: Suicide Follows £2.8m Robbery

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Tragic End to Watch Dealer’s Ordeal: Suicide Follows £2.8m Robbery

Tragic End To Watch Dealer's Ordeal: Suicide Follows £2.8m Robbery

In a devastating turn of events, Oliver White, a 27-year-old watch dealer, took his own life in a wooded area just a day after enduring a harrowing £2.8 million robbery at 247 Kettles, an affluent jeweller in Richmond, southwest London. The news emerged during an inquest into his death, shedding light on the profound impact of the violent incident that unfolded on May 25.

Tragic End To Watch Dealer's Ordeal: Suicide Follows £2.8m Robbery

White, described as a “jewellery shop sales manager,” was reportedly working when two men, posing as customers, executed the robbery. Shocking footage captured one assailant restraining White with a chokehold while his accomplice seized a significant number of high-value luxury watches.

Tragic End To Watch Dealer's Ordeal: Suicide Follows £2.8m Robbery

Despite efforts by medical professionals, White was pronounced dead on May 26 in a wooded area adjacent to Sheep Walk, succumbing to the traumatic events of the previous day. A post-mortem revealed that White died from suspension, prompting the launch of an inquest due to the unnatural nature of his death.

Tragic End To Watch Dealer's Ordeal: Suicide Follows £2.8m Robbery

The tragedy has reverberated throughout the community, with heartfelt tributes pouring in for White. Friends and loved ones left poignant messages and tokens of remembrance at a makeshift memorial, expressing their profound grief and fond memories of the vibrant young man.

Tragic End To Watch Dealer's Ordeal: Suicide Follows £2.8m Robbery

In a statement to Surrey Police, White’s family shared their belief that he took his own life as a result of the anguish and distress inflicted by the robbery. They described White as a beautiful, funny, and loyal individual who illuminated every room he entered.

Tragic End To Watch Dealer's Ordeal: Suicide Follows £2.8m Robbery

The incident has prompted introspection and calls for enhanced safety measures within the jewellery industry. While the store had various security measures in place, including panic buttons and alarms, they were not utilized during the tragic event.

Tragic End To Watch Dealer's Ordeal: Suicide Follows £2.8m Robbery

As investigations into both the robbery and White’s death continue, authorities have arrested a man and a woman in connection with the incident. The woman has been released under investigation, while the man has been bailed pending further inquiries.

In a touching tribute, 247 Kettles honoured White’s memory, describing him as a beloved friend and valued member of their team. The business announced temporary closure to mourn his loss, highlighting White’s exceptional work ethic and passion for customer satisfaction.

Amidst the grief and sorrow, authorities urge anyone with information regarding the robbery or White’s death to come forward, emphasizing the importance of community support in achieving justice for White and his loved ones.

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