Watch dealer who died after robbery ‘should not have been alone’

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Watch dealer who died after robbery ‘should not have been alone’

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Oliver White “will be missed by all in the watch community”, his employers said

A shop assistant found dead a day after being robbed at a London jewellers “should never have been alone”, the store owners have said.

Oliver White, 27, was put in a chokehold as two men stole stock from 247 Kettles in Richmond on Saturday.

He was found dead at his home in Shepperton, Surrey, in non-suspicious circumstances the following day.

In a social media post, the company said the robbers spent three days pretending to be clients before the attack.

Met Police CCTV of suspected robbersMet Police

Images of two suspects were released on Saturday night by the Met Police

247 Kettles said Mr White worked around the clock and after hours “to ensure customers were satisfied”.

It also said he “should never have been alone in the office on Saturday and that amount of watches should’ve never been on display”.

They had “strict security procedures to prevent such circumstances” in place, but “through no fault of anyone’s” they were not followed, the store owners added.

The company said panic buttons, alarms, smoke screens and security doors were all fitted at the shop.

The post, on Instagram, also paid tribute to Mr White, describing him as having “an incredible work ethic and a passion for pleasing customers”.

It continued: “In his time working with us, Oliver left a long-lasting impact on the watch community as a whole; both suppliers and customers were taken aback by his vibrant spirit and kind heart and his loss is felt deeply by all that knew him.”

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