Jewellers through the country have been warned to watch out for a man trying to sell a gold bracelet worth £1,800 stolen from David Dudley, the High Street jewellers in Marlborough.
A man in his late 40s entered the shop looking for a gold bracelet and chain set as a gift for his wife. He showed great interest in the various pieces he was shown and kept weighing them in his hands to compare weights and to study the different designs.
Then, unnoticed, slipped a white and rose gold roller ball bracelet from his left hand to his right hand before placing the bracelet into the inner pocket of his jacket. The theft was not noticed until after the man left the shop.
Staff immediately checked the CCTV footage and confirmed a very well concealed theft, which has been reported to the police and to SaferGems, which is the crime alert system for the jewellery trade throughout the country.
“It is very sad when a theft occurs because it has an impact on the staff and the business, and is in no way a victimless crime,” David Dudley told Marlborough News Online.
“We also have a very good idea as to who it may be. The suspect is white, 5’8 to 6’ tall, slim build with grey/brown hair.”