Rooftop raid sees £17,000 worth of jewellery stolen

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AUDACIOUS robbers cut a hole in a roof of a jewellers shop and made off with nearly £17,000 worth of gold.

The Gold Shop, in London Road, Waterlooville, was targeted overnight on Tuesday, the latest in a string of similar incidents in the area.

VICTIMS Jason Wright, left, owner of The Gold Shop in Waterlooville, with his son Lewis. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132530-1)

VICTIMS Jason Wright, left, owner of The Gold Shop in Waterlooville, with his son Lewis. Picture: Paul Jacobs (132530-1)

Jason Wright, the owner of the shop, was on holiday when he was contacted by his son Lewis who opened up the store to find the place had been ransacked.

More than 50 rings were taken, along with bracelets and necklaces.

Now Mr Wright, who has owned the business for 10 years, has put up a £1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

He said: ‘I was absolutely gutted. I just couldn’t believe it. All I wanted to do when my son called was get home.

‘It’s so weird the way they came in. ‘This is a well-secured shop, we’ve got a shutter.

‘In about the last year or so the British Heart Foundation shop – which is two doors away – was broken into through the roof and I’ve heard that it’s happened in a couple more shops in Waterlooville.’

Police are urging people who have been offered jewellery for sale in the past couple of days to contact them if they have suspicions it may have come from the raid.

Mr Wright added: ‘I would say to anyone offered the jewellery, “please contact the police”.

‘Obviously it could be something that’s stolen from us.

‘I spoke to my wife about it, and, it’s not like we’ve got loads of money but, just to catch those responsible I’m willing to put a reward up of £1,000.

‘We’re absolutely gutted and we want to see if someone can come forward with information.’

A tray of 50 women’s rings, with various stones, were taken along with eight nine-carat gold bangles and 15 other rings in small black boxes.

The estimated value of the stolen jewellery is around £16,500.

PC Stuart Hurst, from Waterlooville police, said he is looking into whether the break-in is linked to other similar incidents in the area.

He added: ‘We are appealing to anyone who may be able to help us identify who was responsible to come forward.

‘Have you been offered jewellery for sale in suspicious circumstances?

‘Did you notice any suspicious activity in the precinct around the time of the incident?’

Anyone with information should contact PC Hurst at Waterlooville police station on 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers, the charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.