A Suffolk-based jewellery dealer with over 30 years experience in the trade faces ruin after falling victim to a sophisticated robbery last month.
The dealer's entire stock of more than 2000 items of antique and
second-hand silver, gold, precious and hardstone jewellery with a
value of more than £120,000 was taken from her home in the early
hours of the morning of Monday, June 17.
The dealer and her husband, who wish to remain anonymous, had
returned from a fair at Dorking Halls, Surrey on the evening of
Sunday, June 16 leaving the holdalls of stock stored in the ground
floor of their cottage. As they slept upstairs from 2am, with alarm
set and windows and doors locked, professional thieves removed the
bolt from a gate secured by two heavy duty padlocks and proceeded
to bypass the alarm system by carefully drilling six holes behind
each of the locks securing casement windows.
Local police were surprised by the level of sophistication used
in the theft and deemed it fortunate that the victims had not
confronted the perpetrators when noise was heard outside around
While CCTV footage taken on the M25 did not indicate the dealer
had been followed home from Dorking, police have suggested the
couple had been "pinpointed" and probably been watched for months
as a potential target.
It is the latest in a worrying number of professional - and
occasionally brutal - thefts from the jewellery trade that police
believe are the work of organised crime working from a "hit
Speaking to ATG, the dealer expressed her gratitude to the many
fellow dealers "for their unbelievable kindness, love and support"
following the robbery.
Anyone with information should contact P.C. John Frith or D.C
Craig Brett of the Bury St Edmunds Central team quoting crime
reference number is SU/13/1191.
Among the more distinctive pieces stolen were:
- A 19th century yellow gold ring with a brown/black/white
carved hardstone monkey head inset with gold teeth and ruby
- A large Art Deco black onyx ring set in platinum with three
inset diamonds (an old lead solder repair and a split visible in
the platinum shank).
- A 9ct yellow gold double headed snake collar/necklace, each
head inset with rubies, hallmarked 1977.
- A pink tourmaline ring with large tear-drop shaped stone and
yellow 22ct matt gold shank signed RAM.
- More than 30 Edwardian 9ct and 15ct yellow gold pendants,
inset with amethysts and seed pearls, opals, peridot and seed
- An Art Deco platinum and diamond wide 'line' bracelet, each
individual square inset with four diamonds - approx 7cts diamonds
- A large oval claw set (slightly raised) aquamarine and diamond
white gold ring.
- A Cartier (Spain) white and yellow gold band inset with
- A large silver cockatoo brooch inset with rose cut diamonds,
sapphires, rubies and emeralds.
- An early 19th century emerald ring surrounded by rose cut
diamonds on a yellow gold shank of small finger size).
- A large pale aquamarine ring set with tiny seed pearls inset
into the yellow gold shank) one pearl now missing).
- A large agate intaglio in a 9ct gold mount of woman in flowing
dress with motto.