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Jewellery worth £38,000 stolen from Ernest Jones in Exeter

By e_glanfield  |  Posted: September 02, 2012

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Over £38,000 worth of jewellery was stolen during a theft at Ernest Jones Jewellers in Exeter on Saturday.

Police are appealing for information from the public following the theft at the High Street store at around 2.30pm.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “Three people entered the store and opened a secure display cabinet situated on the shop floor. They removed a quantity of high value ‘FOPE’ jewellery to the value of £38,500.

“Enquiries reveal that the same three had visited Ernest Jones earlier in the day and also a number of other jewellers in Exeter including the Pandora store in Princesshay.”

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Police have released descriptions of three suspects in connection with the incident.

Suspect one is described as a white male, with short shaved fair hair, aged in his forties, of large build and, at the time, wearing an untucked light shirt with a lighter collar and blue tie, suit trousers, shoes and carrying or wearing a dark coloured jacket.

Suspect two is described as a white male, of large build, with short dark hair, slightly older than suspect one, aged mid 40s and carrying or wearing a dark coloured coat. Police said he was also believed to be wearing a blue and white shirt and tie, suit trousers, shoes and sunglasses.

Suspect three is described as a white female, with long straight auburn or brown hair, 5ft7” to 6ft, of medium build, aged 20 to 40 years. Police said she was wearing a long maxi halterneck dress of multi-coloured or striped pattern, as well as a long shoulder bag with rope style handle, flat flip flops, a thick bangle or watch on left wrist with sunglasses on her head.

Devon and Cornwall Police continue to investigate the incident and urged storeowners to remain vigilant.

A police spokesperson said: “Whilst police continue to investigate the incident we wish to reassure members of the public and shopkeepers that this is an unusual occurrence. No person was threatened or put in any danger throughout the incident.

“Shops and stores should ensure that security measures in place are active and working correctly. Please be vigilant and if the described people are seen contact police using the 999.

“Detectives are also keen to hear from any ‘cash for gold’ type shops or outlets if they are offered ‘new’ items of jewellery for sale.”

Anyone with any information regarding this incident should contact Devon and Cornwall Police by dialling 101 and quoting crime reference number DE/12/8594.

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