Robbers drop through roof to raid The Gold Shop

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Portsmouth retailer is putting up £1,000 reward for information.

Robbers cut a hole in the roof of The Gold Shop in Portsmouth to drop through the ceiling and steal £16,500 worth of gold jewellery.

The Mission Impossible-style attack took place on Tuesday night at the shop on London Road in the city’s Waterlooville area and police have said that it is the latest in a string of similar crimes in the area.

The robbery was only discovered once The Gold Shop’s Lewis Wright opened up for business the next morning. Stolen in the raid 50 stone-set women’s rings, eight 9ct gold bangles and 15 other rings in small black boxes.

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The Gold Shop owner Jason Wright, who was on holiday when his son made the discovery, has put up a £1,000 reward for any information leading to a conviction.

Wright told local newspaper The News: "I was absolutely gutted. I just couldn’t believe it. All I wanted to do when my son called was get home.

"It’s so weird the way they came in. This is a well-secured shop, we’ve got a shutter."

Waterlooville Police is continuing to look for clues to help catch the robbers and is appealing for any information from those who may have been offered the jewellery for sale.

PC Stuart Hurst said: "We are appealing to anyone who may be able to help us identify who was responsible to come forward. Have you been offered jewellery for sale in suspicious circumstances?"

Anyone with information can contact the police on 101.

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