Surrey Police: Redhill jewellery raid 'was planned'

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Image caption Officers have issued a CCTV image of a man who they want to speak to

A raid on a Redhill jeweller's in which items worth several thousands of pounds were stolen was a planned theft, Surrey Police have said.

Officers said they had pieced events together since the raid at H Samuel in the early hours of 9 December and had followed up several lines of inquiry.

Det Con Darryl Donaghue said police now knew the two suspects were in the town centre for some time before the crime.

Officers have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to.

'Cleaners starting work'

Det Con Donaghue said: "We believe this was a planned theft and those responsible would have attended the scene before."

Two men got into the shop in the Belfry Shopping Centre at about 03:00 GMT by smashing a window.

Once inside they smashed several glass cabinets to take the jewellery.

Several nearby shops were either taking deliveries or had cleaners starting work at the time, and police asked anyone who saw anything to speak to officers.

They also urged anyone who received jewellery for Christmas that did not have packaging or looked too expensive, or was offered jewellery at a suspiciously low price, to contact police.

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