Police renew appeal after burglars get away with £20,000 of jewellery in raid at Peterborough pawnbrokers

Jonathan Sparkes at the store following the break-in

Jonathan Sparkes at the store following the break-in

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Police have renewed an appeal after burglars got away with £20,000 of jewellery from a Peterborough pawnbrokers in a daring Sunday night raid - as passers-by walked just yards away from the break-in.

The raid happened at the Pawnbrokers on Cowgate in the city centre at about 9.50pm on Sunday, March 1.

After smashing his way through the front door, one man got away with gold rings, pendants and other items.

Jonathan Sparkes, a pawnbroker who works at the store, said: “We have seen CCTV of the raid, and as the man is breaking into the shop there are people walking past on the other side of the road.

“I could not believe people would walk past while a break in was going on.”

The shop has only been open for about one month, but will continue to stay open despite the raid.

We have seen CCTV of the raid, and as the man is breaking into the shop there are people walking past on the other side of the road.

Jonathan Sparkes

Jonathan said: “They came into the store and walked round the counter.

“We cover the cabinets up overnight, and he lifted the cover of the one with silver in up, and then the one with gold. He smashed the gold one, and took gent’s rings, pendants, chains all sorts of jewellery.

“It was about £20,000 of jewellery.

“We have only been open about four weeks, and put as much security in as we could. We have grills, alarms and CCTV cameras in place. I don’t know what else we could have done.

“We are now going to keep the jewellery in the safe overnight.

“It is devastating for this to happen.”

The business remained open while the door was replaced and the clear up operation was carried out, and scenes of crime officers looked for clues as to the culprit.

One of the items stolen was a highly distinctive gold buckle, studded with red garnet stones.

Detective Constable Tina Walsh, said: “I urge anyone with any information, or who is offered cheap items of gold jewellery, to call police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111