Argento hit by Pandora Christmas jewellery robbery

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Retailer offering reward to find £80k of stock stolen from warehouse.

Jewellery retailer Argento has put up a reward for the recovery of jewellery stolen from a courier warehouse in Craigavon last weekend, with more than £80,000 of Christmas stock taken, including Pandora’s Christmas collection.

Four parcels containing stock were stolen overnight from courier company Express Freight Craigavon. The robbery took place between 10pm on Saturday October 25 and 7:45am on Sunday October 26.

Argento founder and chief executive Pete Boyle said the robbery was a massive blow to the business, and is offering a £15,000 reward for information that will help lead to the recovery of the goods, or finding those that took the parcels.

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The jewellery was set to be divided between Argento’s fleet of Pandora shops, with the new Christmas range due to land in stores on Thursday October 30.

Boyle said: "This is a massive blow for us in the run up to Christmas. Someone somehow managed to figure out where our stock was."

At present, the business has no leads and therefore has decided to offer a monetary reward for the recovery of the stock.

Boyle added: "We are offering a £15,000 reward for information that leads to the recovery of the stock. The company has come under threats before but nothing like this. The stock that has been stolen is extremely unique; the Pandora Christmas Collection has not even launched in the UK so cannot be purchased anywhere."

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He continued: "[This year] has been the most successful year for the company to date expanding throughout Northern Ireland, Scotland and England; this is devastating news to the company coming into our busiest quarter."

Argento is said to be the leading stockist of Pandora in Northern Ireland, making the robbery a bittersweet end to the year. It is understood that the robbery may have been calculated, with Argento’s stock specifically targeted owing to its high value and desirability.  

Police Service of Northern Ireland inspector Ken Annett has issued an appeal following the robbery, which took place at a warehouse in the Moyraverty West Road area of Craigavon. 

Inspector Annett said: "An amount of jewellery was taken in the burglary. I would ask anyone who knows anything about it to contact Lurgan Police Station on the non-emergency number 101."

Anyone with any information can contact Argento customer services directly on 028 9047 3483, while anonymous callers are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Argento operates 42 stores across Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland and England, with locations in Derry, Ballymena, Nottingham, Glasgow and Dublin.
 

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