Search intensifies for jewellery thief

THE search for a man who police believe may be responsible for at least three jewellery thefts in the Brighton area and maybe others further afield has intensified.

On Friday April 20 the suspect walked into Ernest Jones Jewellers in Churchill Square, Brighton, at around 4pm and asked to try on a £9,000 Brietling watch but as the assistant placed it on his wrist he grabbed it and made off out of the shop and out of the shopping centre towards Canon Place.

On Sunday April 22 at 4pm police believe the same man walked into ‘Pavilion Diamonds’ Jewellers in Meeting House Lane and asked to view a £3,000 diamond ring. Once the ring was in his hand he ran towards the door but was stopped by staff. He then threw the ring back into the store before running off towards North Street.

Then on Monday April 23 the same man is seen entering the James Ross Jewellers in Station Road, Portslade, at around 4.15pm and asks to see a £3,750.00 Rolex watch. He remains in the shop for about five minutes before leaning over the counter taking the watch and running out of the store.

PC Richard Valder-Davis from Brighton Response Investigation Team said: “This is a very brazen individual, who has been walking into jewellery stores during the day intent on stealing very valuable items.

“We are focussing our resources on finding him and in the meantime I would advise jewellers to be vigilant and aware when showing items of jewellery to customers.

“We are also keeping an open mind that this same individual may be linked to the theft of a £3,000 diamond ring from a jewellers in North Road, Lancing on Monday 30 April at around 4.40pm. Again, the suspect asked to look at the ring and then ran out of the store with it.

The suspect is described as white with short blonde/ginger hair, about 5ft 9in, and slim.

When he stole the Brietling watch he was wearing a long sleeved red jumper with the words Hollister written across the front with the sleeves pushed up and dark jeans. He has a slight scar or mark on the left side of the upper lip and spoke with a southern accent.

Anyone who has information that could help police with their enquiries or has been offered the stolen items for sale, are asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting serial 1102 of 20/04.