Glasgow auctioneer suffers £430k jewellery heist

These earrings were among 300 pieces that were stolen in the dawn raid.

Jewellers urged to look out for over 300 items of jewellery & watches.

Almost half a million pounds worth of fine jewellery and watches has been stolen from an auction house in the Govan area of Glasgow, according to Strathclyde Police.

McTear’s Auctioneers is reported to have been robbed of £430,000 worth of goods in a raid that took place at 6.55am on Tuesday.

The thief was seen on CCTV entering the auction house in Meiklewood Road Glasgow. The suspect then removed jewellery from the safe before leaving around 20 minutes later.

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The robbery was discovered when staff arrived for the day and realised that the premises were already unlocked and the alarm had been de-activated. The safe was open and an audit discovered that £430,000 worth of jewellery and watches were missing.

Detective Sergeant Jane Lawson from Govan CID is appealing for information and witnesses. “We have been checking CCTV as well as making extensive enquiries to trace those responsible for the theft of this jewellery which is mainly ladies’ rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces, over 300 individual items in total.

“So far, we are able to say that the suspect arrived wearing a black woollen hat, a high visibility vest, dark clothing and was carrying a black hold-all,” she said.

“A few minutes later a car with its headlights on arrived in the car park outside the Auctioneers. I would appeal to anyone who was in Meiklewood Road and saw a car leaving the car park of McTears Auctioneers around 07.20am to contact me.

“We are also releasing photographs of the jewellery which has been stolen. So I would ask the public, especially those in the jewellery industry, to take a look at them and contact officers if they have been offered any items for sale,” continued Detective Sergeant Lawson.

Anyone with any information on this robbery or the suspects is asked to contact Govan CID on 0141 532 5400. Alternatively contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.

Click here to view photographs of the stolen goods.

 

 

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