Village Jewellers Targeted Again

A jewellery shop in the centre of Ruddington has once again fallen victim to crime overnight.

Rushcliffe Police have reported a burglary at David Richards Jewellers on Church Street in the early hours of this morning (Sunday 13th January). They say a quantity of jewellery was stolen – reported to be worth thousands of pounds. PCSO Kathy Lucock told us: “A member of the public rang at around 2am after hearing noises and sound of breaking glass. It is thought there were four offenders in a dark grey or silver three door Mercedes-Benz or BMW. They have managed to force the shutter open and smash the window before removing items from inside. We will be checking further CCTV in the area to try to identify the vehicle used.”

Last time – in December 2017 – the window remained intact

The raid comes just over a year after a previous burglary attempt there failed. The display window is glazed with extra-toughened security glass and, although the shutter was breached and the glass was cracked last time, the window remained intact and secure, and the would-be thief or thieves fled empty handed. Despite extra security having been applied to the external shutters since, as an added deterrent, evidently the raiders managed to break right through this time and steal some of the jewellery on display. Resident Lesley Lanzoni commented: “Two police cars and one police crime investigation van in the village this morning. I don’t know what this village is coming to with crime.”

If you have any further information about this break-in, or may have useful CCTV footage, you’re asked to contact officers as quickly as possible, quoting incident number 00075-13012019.

It does seem the criminals were out in force in Ruddington over the weekend:

Yesterday evening @MannySoar tweeted: “Just witnessed a shop-lift in the Ruddington Co-op. They stole a bouquet of flowers. Not quite “Oceans 11” 🙈@RUDDINGTON_info – saw the car they got picked up by and passed the details to Co-op staff! The car was a grey Volkswagen registration number PA05 JKX. He told us: “It was all very strange. They initially dropped a beer bottle from the shelves in the Co-op and then ran out, grabbing flowers…”

Also last night, Katie Dowden reported the theft of her white Ford Fiesta Titanium (like the one pictured) at around 10.20pm. It seems they somehow got around the immobiliser to start the car, since Katie revealed: “I have both sets of keys. They smashed the window!” The registration number of the stolen Fiesta is HV64 FNF. Please keep your eyes peeled for both vehicles.

If you have information about the thefts above – or may have captured CCTV footage that could help – you’re asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 asap, please. Or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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