Jewellery stolen in $20K shop raid
Only $500 worth of jewellery has been recovered from more than $20,000 worth of stock stolen by thieves who broke through the wall of a Warkworth specialty store.
The wall of the Queen Street Curio Shop was busted through, stock taken and cabinets and an old till damaged in a raid in the middle of last month.
Warkworth police have made an arrest in relation to the incident.
''Usually people break in through the front door or a window but this person smashed a hole in the back wall and climbed through it,'' shop manager Tamarah Sharp said.
The alleged thief used a hammer to jimmy open a cabinet and steal 14 nine-carat gold rings and 34 silver rings handmade by a retired Whangaparaoa jeweller.
''They then nearly emptied a few of our display cabinets, and took boxes full of replacement rings stored under the cabinets,'' Sharp said.
''The old till also got broken and they took around $450 worth of cash, including all of our coins except 10 cent pieces.''
The loss was not covered by insurance.
Senior Constable Hamish Buick, of Warkworth, said a Mt Roskill man has been charged in relation to the burglary. He has appeared in court and was bailed without plea to re-appear in the court again shortly.
''We found some of the jewellery as a result of another inquiry,'' Buick said.
''The jewellery still had the owner's handwritten labels stuck to it.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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