Burglars escape with £24,000 haul

By Beth Sharp Friday 25 April 2014 Updated: 28/04 10:44

DESIGNER watches and sentimental jewellery were among more than £24,000 worth of items stolen in a Bromsgrove burglary.

The raid of the home, on New Road, took place while the owners were away some time between Monday afternoon, April 14 and Wednesday morning, April 16.

Among the items stolen were six men and women's watches with brand names such as Tag Heuer, Giorgio Armani, Tissot and Seksy, worth a total of £8,000.

A bracelet and a gold wedding ring, valued at £3,800, which belonged to relatives of the victims were also taken along with various other jewellery including gold and diamond bracelets and necklaces.

The other property stolen included a distinctive £3,500 bright burnt orange Luis Vuitton handbag with 'LV' gold clasp, a bright pink £250 Gucci purse and 21 sets of cufflinks, worth £850, including one set which had names engraved on them.

A TaylorMade golf bag with Titleist irons, a Callaway driver and fairway wood totaling £850, two brand new iPads and £860 in cash was also taken.

Det Con Mark Lazenby said: "The property stolen adds up to a very significant sum and the burglary has caused the owners a lot of upset and distress, not least because some of the items of jewellery had great sentimental value.

"Certain items, the Luis Vuitton handbag for example, are very distinctive and it's highly likely the thieves will try to sell a lot of it on at 'bargain' prices.

"We would ask people to contact us if they think they have been offered any of this property or have seen items like this for sale and suspect the source may not be legitimate.

"One line of enquiry we are looking into is a visit to the house by a man offering gardening and hedge-trimming services which happened a few weeks before the burglary.

"We need to trace that person if only to rule him out of the investigation and he has nothing to fear by coming forward if he was not involved.

"If other homes nearby were also visited in recent weeks by a man offering such services then we would like to hear about that as soon as possible."

Anyone with any information should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

To combat burglary police are advising people to register their valuables free on www.immobilise.com - this will enable them to track them more easily if they were ever taken.

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