A 22-year-old man has appeared in court in connection with a masked burglary that took place in broad daylight at Joseph Welch Jewellers in Somerset last weekend.  

Thieves struck on Saturday afternoon after smashing the window of the Wellington jewellers and made off with a number of watches.

A staff member is understood to have suffered cuts to his hand during the raid. Pictures published by local media show considerable damage to the window on the right-hand side of the store.


Police said Joseph Hale from Merseyside had appeared at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court in connection with the incident, but they were still seeking three other men.

Officers were called to the scene when two men wearing masks smashed the window of the jewellers and grabbed a number of watches. The thieves abandoned a pick axe at the scene before fleeing in a car.

A police spokesman told local media: “We were called the jewellers in South Street at about 3.30pm on Saturday afternoon. Offenders forced entry and stole watches left the area in a dark blue Mercedes (EY62 CXV) travelling along South Street towards Burford. This vehicle was later found abandoned in the Chelston area of Wellington.

“Shortly afterwards a Renault Captur (PN18 PFE) was stopped near to Bishops Lydeard and a man arrested, while others ran off. The search continues for the three men. We’re keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the vehicles, the suspects running away from the vehicle or has any information.”

Joseph Welch Jewellers has been operating in the jewellery trade for more than 70 years. It stocks a wide range of jewellery brands as well as pre-owned Rolexs and watches from Citizen, Skagen, Bering and Casio.