Grace & Co hit by "chatting" Pandora burglars

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CCTV shows four-hour period where thieves took down shop wall.

Leicestershire Police are asking local jewellers to be vigilant after retailer Grace & Co was robbed last week of a large quantity of Pandora jewellery.

According to Leicestershire Police a group of four people broke into the store in Ashby de la Zouch shortly after 12.30am on Friday May 10.

It appears that the thieves were specifically after Pandora bracelets and charms, having left goods by others brands untouched. It is the first time that Grace & Co has been targeted in the three years that it has traded.

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CCTV footage shows the group taking down an outside wall over a period of four hours, before gaining access to the store where they smashed glass cabinets, fleeing the scene two minutes later.

Detective constable Alf Doyle, the investigating officer, said: “The owners of the shop are understandably angry and upset that their property has been taken and they are keen to have it returned.

“The suspects spent some time outside the premises while they made attempts to break in. It’s likely that those responsible will now try to sell the items. We’re going to do all we can to locate the items and hope that members of the public will able to help us with this."

The local police have asked that anyone who knows someone who might have acquired a large quantity of Pandora goods, or anyone who has been offered Pandora goods to buy in suspicious circumstances, to contact them or Crimestoppers.

In a story posted on local news site This is Leicestershire the burglars are said to have been "chatting and smoking" during the four-hour break in.

Grace & Co owner Mick McQuillan said of the robbery: "We sell a wide range of jewellery and watches but they were only interested in Pandora.

"Despite this, we are determined it will be business as usual – we have a Pandora promotion on this weekend and would like to thank Pandora for helping us get back on our feet so quickly. Everyone has really pulled together and we can now trade as normal, although with upgraded security."

 

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