Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Man charged over £40,000 jewellery theft

Borro.com site
Image caption Police inquiries into the use of Borro.com by criminals saw £40,000 of jewellery recovered

A man has been arrested and charged in connection with the theft and re-sale of high-value jewellery worth £40,000 in Edinburgh.

The goods are linked to a series of housebreakings across Edinburgh in recent months.

Following police inquiries into the use of online pawnbroker site, Borro.com, for the sale of stolen goods, officers seized over £40,000 worth of jewellery.

The 24-year-old is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court later.

Rightful owners

Detectives said they were following a positive line of inquiry to identify others believed to be involved.

Det Insp George Thomson said: "Our inquiries into the use of the Borro.com site by criminals resulted in the recovery of a large quantity of high-value jewellery, which we will now return to their rightful owners.

"The Borro.com team were immensely helpful during our investigation and during our efforts to recover the stolen items. I would like to thank them for all of their assistance.

"Officers will continue to monitor sites like these as well as visiting pawnbroker stores to gather intelligence on those involved in housebreakings and thefts.

"Lothian and Borders Police is committed to tackling acquisitive crime and will use all resources at our disposal to reduce the avenues by which thieves can attempt to dispose of stolen goods."

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