Man tricks store out of £12,000 rings

CCTV of man wanted in connection with jewellery theft in Lancaster.

CCTV of man wanted in connection with jewellery theft in Lancaster.

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A man tricked a shop assistant and walked off with £12,000 worth of rings from a jewellers’ in Lancaster.

He went into the Wave Contemporary Jewellery store on Marketgate at about 2:40pm last Friday and asked to look at a watch and three rings.

He then told the shop assistant that he wanted the items and specified to them on how he wanted the items to be wrapped.

Initially he wanted to pay some of the bill with cash and handed over an amount of money before asking for it back and telling the shop assistant that he would pay by bank card instead.

The offender then told staff that he wanted to get his wife and that he would be back in 30 minutes. He left the store taking the three rings with him but did not return.

PC Julia Whitehead from Lancaster police said, “I would appeal to anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV image to come forward and contact the police.

“Over £12,000 worth of goods have been stolen and the person responsible needs to be caught and brought to justice.”

Anyone with information can call Lancaster Police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.