Burglars steal £150,000 of stock from Leicestershire jeweller's
Burglars broke into a family jewellery shop and stole stock worth £150,000.
A gang of four or five men forced their way through the front security gate and door of Barry Bott jeweller's in Leicester Road, Blaby, early yesterday.
Once inside they smashed a number of glass display cabinets and stole dozens of items of gold and silver jewellery.
Owner Sadie Bott said: "We've been here for 35 years and we've never had anything like this happen to us before.
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"It has been really distressing – but we're not going to let it get us down.
"They were professional and very bold. They broke in through our front door and they were in and out in about two minutes.
"There was glass everywhere when we got there. They had smashed a number of cabinets to get to what they wanted and they took trays and trays of stock."
Ms Bott said most of the stolen items were branded Pandora or Nomination.
Many of the pieces are bracelets and gold or silver beads which can be added to the bracelets.
"It seems that they knew exactly what they were there for," said Ms Bott. "We are right in the middle of Blaby, so we're hoping someone was driving through and saw something which will help the police.
"They will have to get rid of what they have stolen from us, so we also want people who know of anyone who is selling Pandora or Nomination items cheaply to call the police.
"Our suppliers have been really good and will make sure we're back up and running, certainly by Saturday."
Blaby town centre manager Liz Oakes said: "This is a lovely shop with a loyal set of customers. It has been the jewellery shop in Blaby for I don't know how long. It's a proper family business.
"We were going to be having a discussion with the police about CCTV in the town centre this week anyway.
"We're going to be asking whether the cameras we have are enough or whether we need more and where those cameras would need to be.
"This kind of crime is a rare occurrence in Blaby and we have made great improvements in the town over the years. To hear that they have been burgled and so much stock taken is shocking."
A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said officers were alerted to the break-in at 1.20am when the shop's alarm system was activated.
Officers are running through CCTV from the shop's cameras as well as checking the town's on-street cameras for evidence and speaking to neighbouring businesses to see if they have any footage of the incident.
Information about the break-in or about people selling jewellery in suspicious circumstances can be passed to police on 101 or via Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555111.