High street jewellers refuses to say whether "public spirited" man who handed in £500k of stolen jewellery will be rewarded

The jewellery was stolen in a raid on Lakeside shopping centre in April

The jewellery was stolen in a raid on Lakeside shopping centre in April

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JEWELLERY giant Ernest Jones refused to say whether it will reward a man who found and returned £500,000 of stolen trinkets.

Watches, rings and necklaces - stolen during a raid on the retailer's Lakeside shopping centre store - in the early hours of Saturday, April 12, were found by a South Ockendon man almost three weeks ago.

But despite unearthing the huge haul – which was packed in a holdall and concealed by shrubs in the garden of his Darenth Lane home - and ensuring its safe return to Ernest Jones, the high street retailer refused to say whether the man would get a reward.

Meanwhile, police thanked the man for his public spiritedness.

A spokesman for Ernest Jones said: “Our efforts are focused upon ensuring the welfare of our staff and we’ll be spending time with each of them to offer them counselling following this robbery.

“We ask you to refer to the police report for all other information and please do not ask our colleagues for further quotes or insights as not only is this unsettling for them, this is an official police investigation.”

The jewels were stolen in a well planned 3am raid on the first-floor shop, near House of Fraser, which recently underwent an expensive refurb.

The burglary came shortly before a second raid was reported in Derwent Parade, South Ockendon.

Roadblocks, made up of tyres which had been set alight, were set up around the mall.

Eight Romanian men were later charged with the burglaries and are due to appear in Basildon Crown Court on July 14.

Det Insp Paul Lopez, of the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “The holdall contained items taken from an aggravated burglary which happened in the early hours of Saturday, April 12.

“The jewellery has been returned to the store and the member of the public has been thanked for his public spiritedness.”

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12:21pm Thu 29 May 14

wobblybob says...

Well I suppose their attitude is that as they were insured they would have got the money back anyway. Perhaps our attitude should be there's plenty of other jewellers in Lakeside so lets avoid this one!
Well I suppose their attitude is that as they were insured they would have got the money back anyway. Perhaps our attitude should be there's plenty of other jewellers in Lakeside so lets avoid this one! wobblybob
  • Score: 16

12:51pm Thu 29 May 14

Thecountrysgonetopot! says...

wobblybob wrote:
Well I suppose their attitude is that as they were insured they would have got the money back anyway. Perhaps our attitude should be there's plenty of other jewellers in Lakeside so lets avoid this one!
Totally agree with you. They havent even thanked the guy, whereas the police have.....this doesnt give them very good publicity does it?! I certainly wont be using them, ungrateful so and so's
[quote][p][bold]wobblybob[/bold] wrote: Well I suppose their attitude is that as they were insured they would have got the money back anyway. Perhaps our attitude should be there's plenty of other jewellers in Lakeside so lets avoid this one![/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. They havent even thanked the guy, whereas the police have.....this doesnt give them very good publicity does it?! I certainly wont be using them, ungrateful so and so's Thecountrysgonetopot!
  • Score: 11

2:25pm Thu 29 May 14

jb411 says...

Thecountrysgonetopot
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wobblybob wrote:
Well I suppose their attitude is that as they were insured they would have got the money back anyway. Perhaps our attitude should be there's plenty of other jewellers in Lakeside so lets avoid this one!
Totally agree with you. They havent even thanked the guy, whereas the police have.....this doesnt give them very good publicity does it?! I certainly wont be using them, ungrateful so and so's
Neither will I if they do not reward him, he at least stopped their insurance premiums rising!!
[quote][p][bold]Thecountrysgonetopot ![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wobblybob[/bold] wrote: Well I suppose their attitude is that as they were insured they would have got the money back anyway. Perhaps our attitude should be there's plenty of other jewellers in Lakeside so lets avoid this one![/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. They havent even thanked the guy, whereas the police have.....this doesnt give them very good publicity does it?! I certainly wont be using them, ungrateful so and so's[/p][/quote]Neither will I if they do not reward him, he at least stopped their insurance premiums rising!! jb411
  • Score: 9

8:49am Fri 30 May 14

Drunken Master says...

Eight Romanians have been charged with the burglary. Only the liberal fools believe that they came here to earn an honest living.
Eight Romanians have been charged with the burglary. Only the liberal fools believe that they came here to earn an honest living. Drunken Master
  • Score: 7

1:20pm Fri 30 May 14

poortaxpayer says...

The individual concerned is now a Police witness. Any reward will be paid out after the Court case.
The individual concerned is now a Police witness. Any reward will be paid out after the Court case. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 1

1:52pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Sugarman says...

Maybe the man who found the jewellery has asked the shop not to disclose whether he got a reward. Maybe he doesn't want people to know.
Maybe the man who found the jewellery has asked the shop not to disclose whether he got a reward. Maybe he doesn't want people to know. Sugarman
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