Keep eye out for jewellery

CARALISE TRAYES
Last updated 08:55 01/11/2012
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DAMAGE DONE: The Queen St Curio Shop manager Tamarah Sharp with the damaged antique till. More than $20,000 worth of jewellery was taken, a wall smashed through and damage done to the till and display cabinets.

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Only $500 worth of jewellery has so far been recovered from more than $20,000 worth of stock stolen from a Warkworth specialty store.

People are being asked to keep an eye out for the missing pieces.

Queen St Curio Shop owners are on the lookout for their jewellery after their shop wall was broken through, stock taken and cabinets and an old till damaged on October 13.

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 says.

The thief used a hammer to jimmy open a cabinet and steal 14 gold 9-carat 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," Miss Sharp says. "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 is not covered by insurance.

"It makes you feel unsafe," Miss Sharp says.

Senior Constable Hamish Buick of the Warkworth police says a Mt Roskill man has been charged in relation to the burglary, has entered no plea and has been remanded on bail until his reappearance shortly.

"We found some of the jewellery as a result of another inquiry," Mr Buick says. "The jewellery still had the owner's handwritten labels stuck to it."

Contact Warkworth police on 09 425 8109 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have any information.

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