BREAKING NEWS: Police recover £180,000 pearl theft car

DETECTIVES investigating the theft of valuable pearls from a travelling salesman in Storrington, have located the thieves’ car.

Following media appeals, police were alerted to a VW Passatt which had been parked in the village.

The car is currently undergoing forensic tests.

Pearls, worth about £180,000 were stolen from the car boot of a salesman whilst he parked in North Street, Storrington on Wednesday May 4th.

His black Audi A4 estate had been there for no more that five minutes, whilst he visited a potential client nearby, when the theft happened.

Two men smashed their way through the back windscreen and removed four briefcases and one plastic box, containing long strings of pearls which were not made up into jewellery items for sale.

Each string had a tag on it, showing a picture of a pearl diver and the company name of DI PERLE.

Detective Constable Andy Hobden said; “Media appeals led to the car being found parked in the village. It is currently being forensically examined in the hope that it will give us lead to who committed this crime.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police via 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 0933 of 4 May, or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.