Jewel thieves disable alarm and escape with £20,000 plus haul

THOUSANDS of pounds worth of jewellery has been stolen from a shop in Cheddar. The burglary at Cobwebs, in Daghole, had £20-30,000 worth of jewellery taken from the premises on Sunday night (April 22). Barbara Lewis, aged 55, runs the shop with her husba

THOUSANDS of pounds worth of jewellery has been stolen from a shop in Cheddar.The burglary at Cobwebs, in Daghole, had £20-30,000 worth of jewellery taken from the premises on Sunday night (April 22). Barbara Lewis, aged 55, runs the shop with her husband Brian, aged 59, and they live together in Banwell. Brian said: "The thieves must have known what they were doing. They disabled the alarms, the security lights and cut the telephone cables. There is no doubt in my mind they do this for a living. "They must have disabled all the security checks and gone round the back of the building because they took off the roof tiles to get in."The shop stocks jewellery and second hand collectables but the thieves have completely cleared me out. I'm busy filling in forms for all the things that were taken now and I have had to shut the shop. I'm not sure when we will be back up and running. Everything I had has gone."Barbara and Brian have owned the shop for three years. Brian said: "It was a small granite building before and not much had been done with it. We converted it into a shop and business started booming. We started off selling collectables and then went into jewellery. We really are popular with people in the village and visitors to the gorge."Cheddar police Sergeant Peter Yensen said: "We are hoping forensic examinations will help with our enquiries. Burglaries in this area have been few and far between recently, but it certainly is a concern." Anyone who has information about the incident is urged to call the police on 0845 456 7000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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