Surrey

Fourth raid at Haslemere family-run jewellery shop

Thieves have targeted a Surrey jewellers for the fourth time this year.

In the latest raid, Objets D'Art, in High Street, Haslemere, was ram-raided by thieves using a 4x4 vehicle. It caused £4,000 damage in addition to stolen stock.

Owner Angela French said she felt she could not rely on police to help protect her business.

Police said the town continued to enjoy a relatively low crime rate.

The shop was targeted twice in June, with the thieves taking £20,000 worth of silver in the first raid.

The second attempt was a failure, as was a third raid in July.

Mrs French said the after the first burglary, it took 25 minutes for the police to arrive.

'Lack of cover'

She praised the officers who had helped her, but she said they were constrained by a lack of support.

"I don't feel I can rely on the police at all," she said.

"We've been moaning about the lack of police cover in Haslemere because we feel we've been abandoned.

"I'm really angry. Every time someone comes into the shop you're suspicious."

Police said four men forced their way into the shop after using a vehicle to smash open the front door.

'Extremely unfortunate'

They are believed to have made off towards Chiddingfold, possibly accompanied by a second vehicle.

Waverley Neighbourhood Inspector Tom Budd said: "This break-in is particularly unfortunate for the owners as this is the fourth time the shop has been targeted by thieves this year.

"A number of officers attended the incident, with the first unit reaching the scene within 10 minutes of the call coming in.

"Other officers were dispatched to carry out extensive searches of the area but to no avail.

"While it is extremely unfortunate that the jewellery shop has been targeted for the fourth time, this is not a reflection of other crime being committed in Haslemere, and the town continues to enjoy a relatively low crime rate.

"In fact, the level of crime in across the Waverley borough has seen a 1.9% reduction compared to the same period last year."

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