A SHOP owner has been left heartbroken after £30,000 worth of precious Indian jewellery and money was stolen in a raid by an organised gang.
Police are investigating whether the group that struck at Bentley Food and Wines is the same one responsible for a similar gems raid on a shop in Hatfield earlier in the year.
In the latest incident, Jagdish Duhre and her husband Nirmal Singh, both 60, were horrified when they discovered their rare sentimental gems and safe containing thousands of pounds of cash had been taken.
The criminals distracted staff at the Bentley Road store - one of whom was the owner’s daughter Nicolette Brahms - as a woman entered the Duhre’s home at the back of the shop. The thief grabbed thousands of pounds worth of the couple’s belongings, including heavy gold jewellery, and the shop safe. She then shoved the safe under her skirt as the rest of the gang tried to cover her before they all left the Bentley shop.
Mrs Duhre, who has run the newsagents with her husband for over 20 years, was not in the shop at the time.
The devastated owner said: “I started shaking when I saw the safe had gone. The jewelley was so precious to me too.
“They took everything and even went through my jewellery to pick out the heavy gold items, leaving the artificial gold ones.
“They won’t stop doing it so they need to be caught soon.”
Police are investigating whether it was the same group that struck in Hatfield and stole jewellery, also worth £30,000. No-one has been arrested for the theft.
Police have captured the gang on CCTV and have released the images in the hope that witnesses will come forward.
Ms Brahms, of Aisby Drive in Rossington, added: “It was very organised. They asked one of our workers where the nearest tattoo parlour was, so when they went outside that’s when it all happened.
“They were buying everything in the shop, hundreds of pounds worth. The shop was really busy because there were so many of them. We didn’t even realise until mum found her things were missing later.
“It’s the sentimental value of the items they took. My mum’s really upset about it. They’ve taken things you just can’t replace. I hope they get caught.”
The theft happened around 3.30pm on Sunday, May 10.
Anybody with information should call Denise Dalrymple on 01142 20 20 20 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.