Police have released images of the getaway car they believed was used during a heist at the Gleneagles Hotel.
They have also revealed that a firearm was aimed at staff during the robbery at the retreat’s Mappin and Webb jeweller on Tuesday, June 27.
Officers have released photographs of a blue Audi which they believe was used as a getaway vehicle following the robbery.
This was recovered near the hotel with a Range Rover, later found burnt out in Glasgow, also said to have been used. Both were stolen in advance of the robbery from locations in England.
Images of the Rolex watches stolen, which have been valued at more than £500,000, have also been issued along with a photo of a hammer like the one used to smash glass during the heist.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Patrick said: “This was a particularly alarming crime, in which the three men made off with in excess of 50 Rolex watches, worth half a million pounds from the Mappin and Webb store within the hotel.
“We are looking to trace the three men but we believe they may have had assistance from others. They are described as wearing dark coloured clothing, dark hats and faces partially covered.
“During the robbery a firearm was presented at staff, thankfully no shots were fired and no one was injured.
“Our extensive enquiries so far have established that the Audi car which was abandoned in the Auchterarder area was stolen from the Kent area in June.
“The two door grey-coloured Range Rover Evoque was stolen from the London area in May. Both vehicles were bearing cloned number plates.
“I would appeal to anyone who may have information regarding the theft of these vehicles to come forward.
“A Range Rover Evoque was later found burnt out in St Peter’s Cemetery in the London Road area of Glasgow the day after the robbery on Wednesday 28 June. There is a strong likelihood this could be the vehicle used in the crime.
“We have today released images of the watches stolen and an image of the hammer which was used to smash the glass cabinets within the shop. The hammer was an Am-Tech 4lb sledge hammer with a fibre glass shaft.”
Anyone with any information should contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting CR/ 16733/17 or speak to any police officer