Sentimental charm bracelets stolen from Shipley home


A daytime burglar or burglars who struck at a house near Shipley, just off the A272 between West Grinstead and Coolham, stole a large quantity of distinctive jewellery on Saturday (July 25).

The raid occurred between 8am and 6pm while the owners were out and it is thought a royal blue holdall with black handles, which was among items stolen, may have been used to carry the haul away.

It included silver charm bracelets with the following charms either attached or awaiting attachment: Pluto, two steam locomotives, a San Francisco tram, Seattle space needle, space shuttle, cannon, horse and cart, Statue of Liberty, liberty bell, saxophone, fan, birds of prey, hedgehog, clover leaf, two whales, maple leaf, French wine sipper, Bath bridge, Welsh lady bell, Davey lamp, mounted knight, cathedral, square tower and gatehouse arch.

Detective Constable Heidi McCall, of the Horsham priority crime team, said: “The charms were collected over a lifetime of holidays and are of high sentimental value. We would like to hear from anyone offered such items in suspicious circumstances.”

Among many other items stolen were gold oval cufflinks, engraved SM, VSOE black enamel cufflinks, Pullman Loge cufflinks, gold circular cufflinks engraved with the Welbeck Army College logo, gold charms in the shape of a clog, a horn of plenty and a baseball, and a 1965 sixpenny piece on a chain with an infinity charm.

Also taken was a wooden earring box made by the owner’s daughter, decorated with a heart and the inscription “For Mum”.

Det Con McCall said: “Again, if anyone is offered these items I would ask them to get in touch with police immediately. They are of high sentimental value and are greatly missed by their owners.”

She added: “The A272 is a busy road at all times of day, and someone may recall seeing a slow moving vehicle on this stretch of road or someone walking along it, possibly with the royal blue holdall. I would also urge them to contact police.”

Information can be emailed to or phoned in on 101, quoting serial 1153 of 25/7.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You do not have to leave your name.

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