Upset as jewellery stolen

PUBLISHED: 06:30 19 November 2015

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Detectives are appealing for witnesses to a distraction theft in Woodbury, when a haul of sentimental jewellery was stolen.

Police said three men called at a home in Woodbury to buy items advertised on the internet. Inside the home, the men distracted the seller and stole jewellery and medals.

The haul included gold and silver medals from the 1920s, a jewellery box, a silver ring, earrings, necklaces and brooches.

If you have been offered similar items for sale, police would like to hear from you.

Detectives have issued a description of the men they would to speak to in connection with the theft on Thursday, November 12, at 8.30pm.

Officers said the men arrived at the property in a white panel van, claiming to have come from the Exeter area.

The main male is described as white, aged in his mid 30s to 40s, of medium build, around 5ft 9ins tall. He was clean shaven, wearing a trilby hat, jacket and jeans and spoke with a local accent. He had a heavy gold chain around his neck.

The second man is described as white, in his late 30s, 6ft tall, of slim build. He was wearing a black bandana. Police said the third male was white, had dark brown hair and was of a plump build, and aged in his late teens.

Detective Constable Damien Randall, at Exmouth CID, said: “Three males attended the address to purchase items which had been advertised for sale on the internet.

“Once inside, the males occupied the victim and removed items of jewellery and great sentimental value from the main bedroom.

“They arrived in a white panel van and said they had come from the Exeter area. They took jewellery and a unique non-military medal from the property.”

If you have information to help with the investigation, call DC 6654 Randall on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting CR/078569/15.

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