Jewellery stolen from Hatfield shop in night-time raid
PUBLISHED: 17:00 18 August 2013
A HEARTBROKEN family have spoken of their shock after their shop was broken into and thousands of pounds worth of jewellery stolen.
Silver necklaces and bangles were among valuables taken from Everitt’s Jewellers, in The Arcade in Hatfield town centre.
The raid took place around 3.20am on Friday morning last week (August 9).
Owners John and Maxine Everitt said they were “gutted” and “in shock” after £20,000 worth of stock was stolen.
Maxine said: “It is just unbelievable. I’m gutted. It is a huge shock.
“We got a police call saying they had bad news.
“They said someone had forced the shutters and then ransacked the cabinets.”
The thief or thieves are thought to have got into the shop by damaging the metal shutters and then using a large rock and a spanner to smash the front door.
A cabinet containing silver jewellery was then broken into, and the contents taken.
“It was new stock, we only put it out the day before,” said Maxine.
The couple estimate that about £20,000 worth of jewellery was taken and a further £5,000 worth of damage was caused.
John said: “We are gutted, absolutely gutted.
“But we are tough, and we will take this in our stride.
“We will just carry on and I must stress that no customer repairs or anything left here in trust was stolen.
“It is still business as usual.”
Police are now investigating the incident.
They are urging anyone with any information, or anyone who has been offered any jewellery, to contact the police using the non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number B2-13-24-77.
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