A town centre jeweller was targeted in an audacious ram raid at about 10:10am yesterday. An articulated lorry reversed through the front of Parkhouse The Jeweller in Above Bar Street, Southampton, Hampshire.
The lorry's trailer ploughed through the front and the ripped out the window.
The driver then stole watches from the Rolex display at the front of the store.
The cab of the lorry was then disconnected and driven away from the scene as the thief made his getaway.
A police area car then went after the driver of the white Mercedes cab but was rammed.
Officers then managed to get out and arrest the man and are understood to have recovered a quantity of watches.
The whole incident from raid to arrest happened in just nine minutes.
Gary Barnes, 54, of no fixed abode, will appear at Southampton Magistrates Court later today.