Police in St.Helens are appealing for information
after a Rainhill resident's collection of watches and jewellery
were stolen during a burglary.
Thieves broke in through a kitchen window of the house
in Jackson Close on Friday 27th February shortly before Saints
kicked off against Castleford Tigers.
Police patrols were alerted by a neighbour reporting
that the burglar alarm was going off and that the homeowner was
away on holiday.
It is believed that the offenders tried to tamper with
the alarm after breaking in, then searched the house before finding
the valuables in an upstairs bedroom.
Among the 50 items stolen were a green onyx ring
belonging to the 52-year-old victim's father, two silver children's
christening bangles and two children's gold cygnet rings.
Detectives are appealing for anyone who witnessed the
burglary, saw anything suspicious in the area that night, or has
been offered jewellery and watches for sale in suspicious
circumstances to contact them.
Detective Constable Jeff Huxley from St.Helens CID,
said: "This is a large and diverse collection of jewellery that the
victim had been gathering for a while. Some are rings and necklaces
of great sentimental value and other pieces are fashionable watches
but each one is recognisable by the owner and we are keen to get
them back for him.
"The burglary happened shortly after 7pm on the night
Saints played Castleford Tigers so I would urge local people to
cast their minds back to that evening in case they remembering
seeing or hearing anything suspicious. It is possible there were
two offenders and they may have appeared out of place in Jackson
Close, which is a cul-de-sac.
"I also want to appeal to anyone who has been offered
watches or jewellery for sale in suspicious circumstances, perhaps
at an unusual location or at a knock down price, to contact me in
case these are the missing valuables.
"This man has lost a collection of things that are
very dear to him and I would encourage anyone who can help the
police investigation to call St.Helens CID on Crimestoppers on 0800