Whitchurch jeweller feels let down by police response after diamond rings theft


Barrie White

AN OWNER of Dodington’s Jewellers in Whitchurch High Street has admitted he has felt let down by West Mercia Police’s reaction after thieves stole diamond rings worth £13,000.

The incident at the jewellers happened on Thursday, June 15 with staff members giving chase, but the perpetrators escaped despite being caught on CCTV.

Paul Wojda called police who arrived to take witness statements, but he says there has been no follow-up since, including no-one coming to take CCTV footage of the theft.

“I find the police response a bit hard to understand – the fact I have had to contact them,” said Mr Wojda.

“I know one eyewitness who has phoned the police three times – with no response. We have had a CCTV image sitting here since Thursday, but no-one has to come to pick it up.

“We were told they would come to pick it up but they haven’t. 

“I’m concerned about this. After one member of my staff chased after them, after their efforts and all the CCTV in the town, and no-one has been to check it.

“I think the thieves have got away with it and, for me, that’s not fair.

“We have been told the officers are on a different shift and won’t be back.

“What is that about? That’s not helping the people of Whitchurch and my staff. 

“I want answers and even if they have arrested someone, I just want them to tell us.

“The officers who to came to see us were great and did help us, but we want answers.”

West Mercia Police has made an appeal for witnesses after the rings were stolen.

A spokesman said: "At 4.15pm on Thursday, July 15 2017, police were called to Dodington Jewellers, High Street Whitchurch.

"Two men are reported to have entered the store and enquired about items in the shop prior to grabbing a quantity of rings and leaving the premises.

"The offenders are described as Asian men, aged between 25-35 years old. The first is described as 5’6”-5’7” tall and slim build with dark hair and a beard and was wearing a dark baseball cap and jeans, with dark coloured zip top or coat.

"The second man is described as similar in appearance, but slighter taller and larger in build. He had no facial hair and was wearing dark jeans, a navy coloured light coat that was unzipped with a dark T-shirt underneath.

"Both men are believed to have left the area on foot.

"West Mercia police is investigating and would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this incident at the jewellers or seen men matching the descriptions in the area at the time.

"If you have any information please call police on 101, quoting incident number 526s of 15 June."

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