Portsmouth jewellery raid: £57,000 worth of goods stolen

DETECTIVES probing a burglary at a city jewellers have revealed jewellery worth £57,000 was stolen as they make a fresh appeal.

Friday, 12th August 2016, 2:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 9:01 pm
Pictured: Workers clean up the remains of a fire in Charlotte Street after a raid at a jewellery store. Thieves raided Ernest Jones in Cascades Shopping Centre in Portsmouth on July 26. Picture: Ben Fishwick PPP-160726-142157001

Thieves set fires at the back of Cascades Shopping Centre in Portsmouth at around 3am on July 26 before breaking into Ernest Jones.

Now Hampshire police are appealing to speak to a man who found a rucksack near Tesco, in Crasswell Street, at about 4am on July 26.

CCTV shows the man – who is not a suspect – finding the rucksack near Tesco.

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Ernest Jones in Commercial Road, Portsmouth at 3am on Tuesday morning. Picture: Jason Kay PPP-160726-154254001

A spokeswoman said: ‘Four men were seen to enter the shopping centre, via Charlotte Street.

‘The men stole £57,000 worth of jewellery from Ernest Jones, before exiting the shopping centre via the Wallis store, on to Commercial Road.

‘In total at least seven people are believed to have been involved in this incident.

‘Enquiries are ongoing in this investigation, however police would particularly like to speak to the man who was seen on CCTV to find the rucksack near Tesco.

Pictured: Sledgehammers left at Ernest Jones where thieves stole a 'significant' amount of jewellery. Thieves raided Ernest Jones in Cascades Shopping Centre in Portsmouth on July 26. Picture: Ben Fishwick PPP-160726-142135001

‘If you found the rucksack, or know who did, police would like to hear from you.’

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 44160278306.

Sledgehammers were seen at the scene of the burglary.

Pictured: A PCSO stands guard outside Ernest Jones where a 'significant' amount of jewellery was stolen. Thieves raided Ernest Jones in Cascades Shopping Centre in Portsmouth on July 26. Picture: Ben Fishwick PPP-160726-142111001
Ernest Jones in Commercial Road, Portsmouth at 3am on Tuesday morning. Picture: Jason Kay PPP-160726-154254001
Pictured: Sledgehammers left at Ernest Jones where thieves stole a 'significant' amount of jewellery. Thieves raided Ernest Jones in Cascades Shopping Centre in Portsmouth on July 26. Picture: Ben Fishwick PPP-160726-142135001
Pictured: A PCSO stands guard outside Ernest Jones where a 'significant' amount of jewellery was stolen. Thieves raided Ernest Jones in Cascades Shopping Centre in Portsmouth on July 26. Picture: Ben Fishwick PPP-160726-142111001