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A Rolex watch worth more than £8,000 was stolen during a theft in Bolton

August 31, 2012, 12:49 pm

A Rolex watch worth more than £8,000 was stolen during a theft in Bolton.

It happened during the burglary at the Carters Jewellers on Market Place (Knowsley Street) at about 3.10pm on 30 June 2012.

The offender was posing as a customer and asked to see the red and gold Rolex watch and started to handle it. He then ran off with the watch towards Knowsley Street.

He is described as being white, about 25-years-old, 5ft 10in tall and of a slim build. He had dark shaved hair and was wearing a quilted grey jacket, similar to a Duffle coat, with toggles on, and dark blue jeans. He also spoke with a Bolton accent.

Police also believe the same man may be responsible for two other thefts of jewellery in the Lancashire area during which a gold ring valued at more than £2,000 and a diamond ring worth nearly £3,000 were stolen.

Two CCTV stills of the suspected offender have now been released and police are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

Police Constable James Burland said: “We believe this man may be responsible for three brazen thefts of jewellery in the Lancashire and Manchester areas. On this last occasion, he ran off with a watch worth more than £8,000 after casually posing as a customer.

“We have released two very good quality CCTV stills of this man and I would urge people to look very closely at the images.

“I would urge businesses, particularly jewellers, to study the image and if you see this man coming into your store call police immediately. This man clearly has a penchant for jewellery so if you think you see this man in your store, call us straight away before he can strike again.

“Similarly, I would ask anyone who recognises this man to call us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5655 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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