Burglars stole watches and jewellery

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Police are hunting burglars who stole watches and jewellery in an early evening raid.

Thieves broke in through the kitchen window of a house in Jackson Close, Rainhill, shortly after 7pm on Friday, February 27.

It is believed the offenders tried to tamper with the alarm after breaking in, before searching the house and stealing valuables from an upstairs bedroom.

Among the 50 items stolen were a green onyx ring belonging to the 52-year-old victim’s father, two silver children’s christening bangles and two children’s gold cygnet rings.

DC Jeff Huxley, of St Helens CID, said: “This is a large and diverse collection of jewellery. Some are rings and necklaces of great sentimental value and other pieces are fashionable watches but each one is recognisable by the owner and we are keen to get them back.

“The burglary happened on the night Saints played Castleford Tigers so I would urge local people to cast their minds back to that evening in case they remember seeing or hearing anything suspicious. It is possible there were two offenders and they may have appeared out of place in Jackson Close - a cul-de-sac.

“I also want to appeal to anyone who has been offered watches or jewellery for sale in suspicious circumstances, perhaps at an unusual location or at a knock-down price.

“This man has lost a collection that is very dear to him and I would encourage anyone who can help to call St Helens CID or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”