£55,500 watches recovered after attempted theft

JPCT 120713 Police attend the scene in West Street on Friday night. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 120713 Police attend the scene in West Street on Friday night. Photo by Derek Martin

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A man has appeared in court after seven watches valued together at £55,500 were taken from a Horsham store on Friday (July 12).

The watches were taken from TH Baker Jewellers in West Street at 4.40pm, but were recovered moments later, Sussex Police said.

A force spokesman said: “On Friday 12 July a man walked into TH Baker Jewellers in West Street, Horsham, and snatched seven watches from a window display.

“In the process the glass in the cabinet was smashed. He ran off but was charged by a member of staff who together with a passer-by tackled him and detained him a few yards from the shop.

“The watches were recovered and there were no reports of any injuries.’’

Sussex Police said that Colwyn Eastman, 31, unemployed, of Castle Hill Avenue, New Addington, Croydon, appeared in custody at Brighton Magistrates Court on Saturday 13 July charged with theft. He was remanded in custody.

Pick up a copy of this week’s County Times on Thursday for a full report.