Jewellery Stolen In Redditch Burglary

Police are appealing for information about a burglary in Redditch in which a large quantity of jewellery was stolen.

It happened in Ravensmere Road between 7.20pm and 8.30pm yesterday, Thursday 19th January.

The offenders went into an unlocked porch then smashed glass in the front door, and searched both upstairs and downstairs and stole jewellery and music boxes, as well as items of jewellery.

The items taken included a matching ring and bracelet made of purple gold, which had a purple centre and gold rim, with two diamonds on either side. Purple gold can only be bought in Singapore.

They also took rings, diamonds and watches, including a broken gold watch inscribed with the name Ann on the clasp, along with a gold bangle engraved with the words To Diane, 21 Years of Happiness.

Other items stolen included a Thomas Sabo set comprising of a bracelet, earrings and pendent in turquoise and silver, a number of lockets containing locks of children’s hair, and three pearl necklaces.

Police are looking into whether the burglary is linked to another burglary in Redditch in which entry was also gained via an insecure porch and glass smashed in the front door.

It happened between 7.40pm and 10.25pm on Tuesday, 10th January, in Marlpit Lane, and items stolen included a gold and silver Tag Heuer watch worth £1,000, a ladies silver DKNY watch worth £100, a gold locket worth £150, and a mixture of gold and silver necklaces and bracelets.

PC Tom Birchley of West Mercia Police said: “The jewellery stolen in the Ravensmere Road burglary is particularly distinctive, and we are keen to hear from anyone who sees it offered for sale.

“Burglaries cause an enormous amount of distress to their victims, as often jewellery stolen is of sentimental as well as monetary value and is irreplaceable.

“Both of these burglaries took place in the evenings and porch doors were left insecure. We advise people to always lock their porch doors as well as their front doors when they go out. It is also worth leaving a light on.

“Neighbours can help by keeping an eye on suspicious people or vehicles, and taking a note of registration numbers. If they see or hear anything which gives them cause to think a burglary may be in progress, such the sound of glass smashing, they should contact police immediately on 999.”

Witnesses or anyone with information about the Ravensmere Road burglary are asked to contact PC Birchley on 0300 333 3000 quoting incident 592-s-190112 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.