Surrey police on the trail of £1m of hot jewels

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Coppers ask jewellers to be on the look-out for questionable goods.

Surry Police are appealing for jewellers to be on their guard after £1 million of jewellery was stolen in a burglary in Leatherhead.

The million-pound haul includes some identifiable jewellery and Surrey Police are urging jewellers who are offered any pieces they feel might have been taken from the Leatherhead home to get in touch.

Jewellery included in the haul, which was stolen from the home on June 12, includes a pair of chandelier platinum diamond earrings and a 5ct diamond and platinum ring valued at £140,000, a vintage gold Rolex’s man’s watch with thin gold strap and gold face valued at £50,000, a pair of 2ct round-cut diamond earrings valued at £10,000, a gold Cartier chain and pendant valued at £6,000, a diamond ring set with a ruby wirth several thousand pounds and a diamond ring in the shape of a panther also worth several thousand pounds.

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Surrey Police detective inspector Dave Cooper said: “This type of burglary is incredibly rare, and we believe the victims were specifically targeted. The jewellery is hugely valuable and would be easily identifiable to the owner.
“I am appealing to jewellers, pawn shops, auction houses and even the man down the pub – if you are offered beautiful, expensive diamond, gold and platinum jewellery at a bargain price, then think twice, as there is a chance it came from this burglary.”

Surrey Police have said that many of the other pieces of jewellery were unbranded and have been bought from private jewellers.

The police are looking for five men believed to be involved in the robbery who were seen driving in the Leatherhead area at the time of the burglary in a dark-coloured Ford Fiesta. It is not yet known how the thieves gained entry to the house.
The burglars also made off with silver and gold coins displayed in red boxes, clothing and money.

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