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A man who is thought to have stolen a diamond ring in Chichester
A man who is thought to have stolen a diamond ring in Chichester

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POLICE want to speak to this man after a diamond ring worth almost £30,000 was stolen from a jewellers.

Chichester police were called to Timothy Roe Fine Jewellery on South Street where a man had asked to examine the diamond solitaire before running off without paying for it.

It happened at 2.45pm last Thursday and the man was seen heading towards Cooper Street.

Police believe the theft could be linked to another theft from a jewellery shop in Petersfield earlier that afternoon.

They have released a still image from CCTV of the man they would like to speak to.

PC Dave Phillips, from Sussex Police, said: ‘This theft happened in front of shop staff in a busy part of Chichester during daylight hours.

‘We would like to speak with the man shown in the image and anyone who may have seen what happened.’

The suspect is white, 6ft, of medium build and aged between 45 and 55.

He was wearing glasses, a tartan trilby, black coat and striped scarf.

Witnesses can email or call 101 quoting reference 0795 of 26/11, or telephone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.