Thieves 'lower themselves from ceiling' and take £32,000 of jewellery from Lancaster pawnbrokers

Detectives are appealing for information after trays of jewellery worth approximately £32,000 were stolen from a pawnbrokers in Lancaster.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 11:14 am
Updated Friday, 14th February 2020, 11:36 am

CCTV footage shows two offenders entering Ramsdens in Nicholas Arcade Shopping Centre through a ceiling cavity at around 8pm on Thursday February 6.

The pair, dressed in dark clothing with face masks and head torches, lowered themselves from the ceiling onto a desk before stealing a collection of gold broaches, earrings and necklaces from a display unit and a back counter.

The items were placed in large black holdalls and taken away via the same entry point three minutes later. The offenders are believed to have gained entry to the closed shopping centre by the loading area via the roof.

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One of the pieces of jewellery stolen in the raid.

The images show a selection of the 14 carat gold items which were stolen, some of which are unique in style.

DC Adam Jussub of Lancaster Police said: “This crime was committed in the early evening and members of the public may have seen people on the roof or vehicles parked nearby. We would urge anyone who saw anything to get in touch.

“Some of the jewellery is also quite unique. So we would also appeal to the public to contact police if they come across any of these unusual items.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log number 1391 of February 6 2020. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Ramsdens pawnbrokers in Lancaster.
Jewellery stolen in the raid
Jewellery stolen in the raid