A jewellery dealer who had more than £30,000 worth of stock stolen in Tetbury says she does not know if she has the heart to continue her business.
A third of Susan Hunter Giesbrecht’s stock, worth £31,000, was taken from Top Banana Antiques earlier this month.
The incident occurred in broad daylight, just after noon on bank holiday Monday, May 2, with the thieves so discreet that the missing jewellery was not noticed until two days later.
CCTV footage appears to show that a man unscrewed the locks to two cabinets housing Susan’s jewellery.
He is then thought to have returned a short while later with at least one accomplice, a woman, to remove around 48 items including gold rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
A sapphire ring worth £2,900 was among the most expensive items taken.
I’m so shattered by the whole thing, I feel violated,” said Susan, who trades under the name Pink and Black Fine Jewellery.
“I’m not sure whether I have the heart to continue.
“I love fine jewellery. Every single item is very personal to me and I am pretty shattered somebody could so easily take that amount of my business.”
Susan believes the thieves were professionals, and targeted her items over those from other dealers being sold in Top Banana due to their higher value.
Even within her cabinets they took the most expensive items and left alone those of a lower price. They also moved price stickers around to cover up the gaps left by the stolen jewellery.
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“It happened in the most audacious way,” said Susan.
“It was very professionally done. They spent a lot of time in there ensuring they picked the right pieces. They didn’t bother trying to break into other cabinets.
“They must have made several trips into the antique centre. They obviously decided it was worth the risk.”
Susan, who used to live near Cirencester before moving to Hereford, has shared a number of pictures of the stolen jewellery in the hope they will be recognised.
Anyone with information should call 101 and quote reference number 19647/22