Diamonds stolen in jewellery shop raid

Joseph Bulmer

Scaffolding pole used to smash shop window

DIAMOND earrings and rings worth nearly �2,500 were stolen during an early morning raid at a Barnstaple jewellers.

Police believe the front window of Coopers Jewellers in Bouport Street was smashed with a scaffolding pole during the 4am break-in yesterday morning (Thursday).

Seven items of jewellery with a total value of �2,450 was stolen from the window display, including a 9 carat charm bracelet; 18ct diamond drops; an Edwardian opal and diamond 18ct cluster; a diamond solitaire yellow gold bar; an 18ct sapphire and diamond bar; quarter-carat white gold diamond studs; and an 18ct Edwardian 0.6ct diamond three stone.

Owner David Bruce said it was the second time his shop had been broken into in less than 12 months.

“Last year, someone broke a side window the day before Mother’s Day,” he said.

“They didn’t take as much but caused a substantial amount of damage that cost a lot to repair.”

Police are appealing for any information about the latest raid. They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who has been offered any of the stolen items to buy.

Investigating officers can be contacted on non-emergency telephone number 101 quoting police reference CB/12/65.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report online at