Thousands of pounds of jewels stolen in Swansea & Ashby-de-la-Zouch.

H Samuel in Swansea and Ashby Jewellers in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire were the victims of theft this week.

The Swansea branch of H Samuel was the first to be hit when a man entered the store on Monday and stole a heavy gold man’s necklace and man’s bracelet worth a combined £3,000. He had asked the shop assistant to see the items and as soon as they were placed on the counter he snatched them and made his getaway.


Detective Inspector Darren George of Swansea Central CID has described the theft as opportunistic in nature, and is appealing dealers of second-hand jewellery to be on the lookout for the items. The man who stole them is described as aged between 25 and 30, of medium build, about 5ft 10in tall and at the time of the theft was wearing a black beanie-style hat, bright orange or red jacket and grey jogging bottoms.

The following day Ashby Jewellers was set upon by a gang of three masked men who smashed up the store’s cabinets at about 4.40pm when staff were closing up for the day. The men took rings, necklaces, watches and other items and then escaped in a waiting vehicle.

Ashby Jewellers has described the jewellery stolen as “a considerable amount”. The shop was forced to close the day following the attack but reopened yesterday.

Despite staff being in the shop at the time, as well as one customer, nobody was injured during the attack.
Detective Constable Alf Doyle of Leicestershire Constabulary is leading the investigation and described the men involved as all being of large, heavy build.

Meanwhile, in Peterhead a 24-four-year-old woman named Alina Rostas was jailed yesterday after being found guilty of stealing gold rings worth thousands of pounds from Gordon Young Jewellers in Fraserburgh last month. She was caught following a length car chase through the surrounding countryside.