Warning issued to Chester shoppers Date published: 23rd December 2016 9.33am

Officers are warning shoppers to be vigilant when buying jewellery from street dealers after burglars targeted a Chester business.

In the early hours of Sunday 19th December offenders broke into the Chester business premises and stole a large quantity of jewellery, the second time that the business had been targeted by burglars in the past two weeks.

Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant Nick Henderson said: “With Christmas getting ever closer people who haven’t already purchased all their presents may be tempted to buy jewellery at a discount price.
“However, I urge anyone who may be tempted to think twice. If somebody offers you something at a knock off price, there’s probably a reason that their trying to sell it so cheaply.

“Handling stolen goods is a criminal is a criminal offences and anyone found guilty could face a fine of up to £5,000 or even a prison sentence.

“I urge anyone who believes that they may have been offered, or has purchased, stolen jewellery to contact the team here at Chester as they may hold vital information in relation to the investigation.”

Anyone with any information in relation to the burglaries, or anyone who believes that they may he been offered stolen jewellery, is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 54 of 19/12/2016.

A 48-year-old man was been arrested in relation to this incident, he has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.