Police release images of stolen Indian jewellery - as diamond encrusted antique brooches taken in Hitchin burglary
PUBLISHED: 11:23 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:26 21 November 2016
Police have released images of Indian jewellery stolen during a burglary in Hitchin - including diamond encrusted antique brooches.
Officers are appealing for witnesses and information about a raid in Uplands Avenue on Saturday, November 5.
Thieves broke into the home between 6.30am and 7.25pm by entering a front-facing downstairs window and searched the upstairs bedrooms before taking a large quantity of Indian jewellery, as well as jewellery bought from Gatwards of Hitchin.
A large amount of the of items with sentimental value were still in Gatwards’ own boxes.
Although a pair of turquoise gold earrings were recovered in nearby Bell Close, more than 30 pieces were stolen including a necklace, bracelet and earrings in a large display case – as well as an antique brooch encrusted with diamonds and pearls, and a sapphire engagement ring. Much of the jewellery is unique.
Det Con Anna Luxon, from the Local Crime Unit, said: “The jewellery is of huge sentimental value and I am urging those who may have seen something suspicious in the area between the times stated to come forward and speak to me, because it could be vital evidence.
“I am also keen to speak to anyone who has been offered jewellery for sale in the area.”
Anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation should call DC Luxon on Hertfordshire Constabulary’s non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference number G1/16/2818.