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Southend store has £60,000 of jewellery stolen
THIEVES stole £60,000 of gems from a family-run jewellers.
Two crooks distracted the manager of Taylor and Son Jewellers in York Road, Southend, while a third sneaked behind the shop’s counter and snatched the three-tier display stuffed with diamond and platinum rings.
The group appeared to be organised and worked together to pull off the burglary and owner,
James Taylor, said he tried to make other businesses aware in case they were targeted as well.
Mr Taylor, who has had the business six years, says the staff are upset by the incident.
He said: “I’m devastated. It is the last thing you want just before Christmas.“Two used diversion tactics asking the girl to get some rings out the window. Then they all left together. I did ring round some other jewellers in the area to warn them about what happened.”
Mr Taylor has handed his CCTV to the police and contacted his insurance company.
He added: “The police and insurance company have been absolutely amazing.”
The group, all women, are described as being of Eastern European appearance and were all wearing headscarves. One was aged in her twenties, another in her thirties and the third was in her sixties.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Anyone who is offered any gold rings in the run up to Christmas in unusual circumstances is urged to contact investigating officers at Southend police station.”
Anyone that has information about this theft, which happened at 1.36pm on Friday, December 14, can call police on 101.