Theft of pearls worth £180,000 in Storrington

PEARLS valued at around £180,000 were stolen from the car boot of a 41-year old salesman from Germany while it was parked in North Street, Storrington, on Wednesday, police have revealed.

Detectives are investigating the theft of the pearls which happened at about 2.30pm.

The travelling salesman’s 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.

The two suspects are believed to have driven east towards the A24 in a blue Volkswagen Passat.

Detective Constable Andy Hobden said; “We would like to talk to anyone who was in the Storrington area on Wednesday afternoon and who saw this theft. We would also like to hear from anyone who is subsequently offered strings of pearls.”

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.