Cardiff store hit in raid; quantity of sapphire and ruby items taken.

South Wales Police have launched a nationwide appeal following a raid at the Cardiff branch of John Lewis during which a large quantity of gemstone jewellery was stolen.

The raid took place a month ago on Monday March 11 with police now appealing for witnesses to come forward, in particular a number of people who watched police proceedings on the morning of the robbery.


The John Lewis store on The Hayes in Cardiff was targeted at about 5am on March 11. The raid is believed to have been carried out by a single person who forced open a jewellery counter on the first floor of the store.

According to South Wales Police a considerable amount of jewellery including sapphire, diamond, ruby and emerald pendant chains and rings were stolen.

Detective Sergeant Matt Powell from Cardiff Central CID said: “There were several people and cars in the area surrounding the store at the time of the burglary.

“We want to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and are particularly keen to speak to a man stood near the shop who observed officers responding to the burglary. We would also appeal for anyone who may have information about what happened to, or knows the current whereabouts of, any of the stolen jewellery.”

Jewellers and pawnbrokers in Wales and the west of England are encouraged to keep an eye out for quantities of precious gemstone fitting the description.

The shop was forensically examined and checks are continuing with internal and external CCTV footage.

Anyone with information is asked to please contact Cardiff Bay CID on 02920 527420, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.