Gold Rolex watches missing after theft from Yarm jewellers – and they aren’t cheap – Gazette Live
Two Rolex watches, worth almost £16,000, are missing after staff at a jewellers allowed a customer to inspect them – before he allegedly ran out the door with them.
The luxury watches are plated with gold, while one of the dials is adorned with diamonds.
However, they have seemingly vanished since the incident at Yarm’s Market Cross Jewellers om July 1.
And now the firm is hoping for help in getting them back.
Branch boss Paul Gofton chased the suspect on foot after the man fled in a taxi.
“I didn’t actually see what happened as I was busy serving a customer a diamond ring at the time,” said Paul.
“But when I realised it was stolen I chased the lad out, people started shouting ‘he’s going this way and that way’ but then he jumped in taxi and got away.”
He managed to get part of the registration plate and the police were called. One person was later arrested and bailed as part of its investigation.
But the watches are still missing and both police and the firm are trying to trace them.
This is the latest crime to hit the jewellery firm and comes after a gang was jailed last month for a total of more than 100 years following raids on its branches in Middlesbrough and Yarm in which more than £600,000 worth of stock was stolen.
But while the cost to the firm isn’t quite so crippling at The High Street shop this time around, a Market Cross Jewellers spokesperson said: “The watches are still out there are obviously we would like to recover them.”
Both watches are men’s steel and yellow gold Rolex Datejust.
They are made with Plexiglas with a fluted yellow gold bezel, and a Champagne dial on steel, with a yellow gold jubilee bracelet.
The more expensive one has a diamond dot dial.
The more valuable of the pair is worth £8,600 brand new, while the other is valued at £7,250.
They were being sold at the Yarm shop for £4,950 and £2,995 respectively as they were second hand.
And due to their worth, Mr Gofton said he didn’t expect to see them being touted around Teesside pubs.
He said: “Clearly they were stolen for a purpose.”
A Cleveland Police spokesperson said a 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft from a shop, conspiracy to steal from a shop and drug offences and has been released on bail pending further inquiries.
They added “Two Rolex watches were allegedly stolen from Market Cross Jewellers in Yarm on Friday 1st July at 1pm.
“Anyone with information in regards to the whereabouts of the watches is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.