Thieves steal £50K worth of jewellery

THIEVES have stolen £50,000 worth of jewellery from a shop in a tranquil seaside town after breaking in through the back door in the dead of night.

Elliot Furniss

THIEVES have stolen £50,000 worth of jewellery from a shop in a tranquil seaside town after breaking in through the back door in the dead of night.

The crooks crow-barred their way into James Anthony Designer Jewellery in Connaught Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea, at about 3am on Monday morning.

One suspect was caught on CCTV entering the shop and police are now following this up as they investigate the crime.


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The shop is owned by Anthony Vassallo, who said the window was stripped bare and dozens of pieces costing a total of about £50,000 were taken.

He said: “I came in on Monday morning and they had broken in from the back and got in the window - they stole everything that was there.

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“They left their crowbar so the police have taken fingerprints and done a forensic examination. I've got a big clear up to do, but hopefully we'll be open again by the end of the week.”

Mr Vassallo, 52, designs bespoke jewellery and said he had been in the business for 35 years and had experienced seven break-ins but this was the first one since moving from Hatton Gardens in London to Frinton four years ago.

He said he had moved to Frinton for a “quieter life” and although he did have a good security system installed, his alarm was not turned on at the time of the robbery.

A spokesman for Essex Police said detectives were keen to hear from any witnesses to the robbery or anyone with any information about the crime.

Witnesses can contact Pc Tracey Allen at Clacton police on 0300 333 4444

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