Smash-and-grab jewellery raid
One year on from a smash-and-grab jewellery raid on a shop in
Leigh, police are renewing appeal for information by releasing
images of the stolen property.
Two men smashed their way into CJ Vinten Goldsmiths on Leigh Road
shortly after 10.30am on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 using a
They stole a number of rings worth approximately £17,000 from
the display shelves
The pair then rode off on a black Piaggio moped down Fernleigh
These two men
drew a lot of attention to themselves as they had to ride up onto
the pavement and then strike the window several times.
Dc Jessica Draycott
Dc Jessica Draycott, the investigating officer, said: "The moped
was stolen from Great Wakering earlier that day for this specific
crime. It was later found abandoned on Sandleigh Road.
“These two men drew a lot of attention to themselves as they had
to ride up onto the pavement and then strike the window several
times before it finally gave way and broke. The rings that they
stole were unique. We ask people to cast their minds back a year,
look at the descriptions and recall their movements on these
The men are described as white, approximately six foot tall,
aged in their late teens or early 20s and of skinny build. At the
time, they were dressed in full motorcycling leather outfits.
The majority of the rings had the letters CJV inscribed on the
Anyone with information should contact detectives at Benfleet
police station on 0300 333 4444 or Crimestoppers on 0800