Pearls worth £180,000 stolen in Storrington

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THOUSANDS of pounds worth of pearls have been stolen from a travelling salesman in Storrington.

Detectives are investigating the theft of the pearls, valued at approximately £180,000, from the car boot of a 41-year old travelling salesman from Germany while it was parked in North Street, Storrington, on Wednesday, May 4.

His black Audi A4 estate had been there for no more that five minutes, while he visited a potential client nearby, when the theft happened at about 2.30pm.

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 should call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 0933 of May 4, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.