Gloucestershire

Winchcombe thieves steal £15,000 of jewellery

Thieves have stolen £15,000 of jewellery from a shop in Winchcombe near Cheltenham.

Two men entered Fifty-O-Fifty in North Street and created a diversion before making off with gold bracelets, necklaces and rings - some of them antiques.

Owner Suzanne Rafferty said it appeared to be a "professional job".

Police said the men were about 5ft 5ins tall and of slim build. One was in his 30s, the other in his 40s.

'Very upset'

She said the men, who spoke with Eastern European accents, had knocked over some cases and while her assistant went to tidy up the mess, the men took the jewellery and left.

The woman had then realised there had been a theft and was left "very upset" by the incident.

Ms Rafferty said: "It's caused me a lot of problems.

"Not all of the stock belonged to me. Some had been left for me to sell on behalf of their owners."

She said 24 items were stolen altogether, including an emerald and diamond bracelet from the 1860s, two Swedish signet rings and a daisy-shaped moonstone pendant set in 18-carat gold.

Ms Rafferty said she was offering a £1,000 reward for the recovery of the jewellery.

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