Man ‘swept’ £16k of gems into pocket while look-out distracted Suffolk jeweller’s staff

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A Suffolk jeweller is ruing its misfortune after more than £16,000 worth of stock was taken by man and woman who came into the shop and distracted staff.

The pair left with bangles, necklaces, rings and other valuable items after the raid at The Amber Shop, in Southwold’s Market Place last week.

While the woman distracted store staff, the man opened a display cabinet and swept an entire shelf of jewellery into his pockets, before both made off towards a nearby car park and left town in a small black car, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.

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There were two shop assistants working at the time and they say the pair initially started browsing items not kept in display cases before walking to the back of the store, where they were for a few minutes.

They head the “click” of a cabinet and, as they went to check what was going on, the pair fled from the shop.

The shop specialises in amber but also sells gems, jewellery and pearls, and houses an amber museum at the rear.

One member of staff gave chase but was unable to catch up with the pair.

Jeremy Fournel, who is taking over running the shop from his parents, Robin and Astrid, was in the office at the time of the robbery. He told the paper that between 20 and 30 items of jewellery had been stolen.

“They were pretending to browse a bit more when the cabinet was unlocked. He reached in through the side and filled his pockets,” said Mr Fournel.

“From the CCTV, it looked like he had taken the items and she was the lookout. He just swept the gems from the bottom shelf in one big swoop.”

Among the items stolen was a large yellow gold bangle, opal rings, an amethyst and diamond ring, and a topaz and diamond ring.

Police arrived at the scene within minutes, followed by a forensic investigation unit, the report added.


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