UPDATED: Town centre jewellers closed for two hours after thief snatches wedding rings in raid

UPDATED: Town centre jewellers closed for two hours after thief snatches wedding rings in raid

RAID: Shop targeted by ring thief

Town centre jewellers closed after robber snatches a 'number of rings' in raid

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A JEWELLERS in Bolton town centre has reopened after being forced to shut for more than two hours after a thief grabbed three wedding rings and fled.

Ernest Jones Jewellers, just off Victoria Square, was forced to activate its alarm at about 10.45am after a man, who had been browsing the jewellery on display, grabbed the rings and ran off.

It is understood that no weapon was used and no staff were injured in the raid, which is now being investigated by police.

The shop was forced to close when police arrived, and officers are now inside interviewing staff.

Two police vans and two cars are outside the shop.

Both the shutters to the side entrance inside Crompton Place Shopping Centre and the front street-facing door were lowered just after 11am.

The shop has now reopened.

Police have released a basic description of the man they believe is responsible for the theft, but no-one has been arrested.

They believe he is white, in his 30s and about six feet tall.

A Big Issue seller who was near the shop at the time of the incident said: “A mate told me that someone grabbed a load of stuff, bit of a snatch and grab job, and then ran out of the jewellers just before 11am.


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“Don’t know if the police have caught him yet but hopefully they do quickly because it’s not right obviously.”

Today's raid is the second time Ernest Jones has fallen victim to such an attack in the last three months.

In November last year a thief snatched a diamond ring from the shop and fled.

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1:12pm Fri 10 Jan 14

tinypet says...

omg b.e.n, there is a big difference between a raider and a shop lifter! in this case it was a shop lifter.
omg b.e.n, there is a big difference between a raider and a shop lifter! in this case it was a shop lifter. tinypet
  • Score: 10

1:15pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Balboa says...

2 vehicles left unused while (at least) 2 officers interview staff - and we are presented with a description which matches half the folk in Bolton.

Why not simply get the CCTV images uploaded so we can see the robber, and identify him much sooner? Not difficult is it for heaven's sake.
2 vehicles left unused while (at least) 2 officers interview staff - and we are presented with a description which matches half the folk in Bolton. Why not simply get the CCTV images uploaded so we can see the robber, and identify him much sooner? Not difficult is it for heaven's sake. Balboa
  • Score: 27

3:48pm Fri 10 Jan 14

JustaBloke2000 says...

Wasn't long since that this shop was last robbed:
http://www.thebolton
news.co.uk/news/1079
6767.UPDATED__Diamon
d_ring_snatched_from
_town_centre_jewelle
ry_shop/

Shenanigans??
Wasn't long since that this shop was last robbed: http://www.thebolton news.co.uk/news/1079 6767.UPDATED__Diamon d_ring_snatched_from _town_centre_jewelle ry_shop/ Shenanigans?? JustaBloke2000
  • Score: 4

4:09pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

Maybe the shoplifter needs the rings to sell so he is able to feed his children.

If this were true how many would support this shop lifter??

This jeweller is 'robbing' people everyday (just like all other jewellers) when they create a purchase a ring for a fraction of the price they retail it for...

I have a friend in Germany who is a 'gold master' when she told me how much it costs to create a plain gold band from a high grade gold I was astounded at the prices demanded by jewellers.

When they catch this person I hope they give him a chance to explain his circumstances, however , the police will treat him like an animal in their endless pursuit of individual and group power.
Maybe the shoplifter needs the rings to sell so he is able to feed his children. If this were true how many would support this shop lifter?? This jeweller is 'robbing' people everyday (just like all other jewellers) when they create a purchase a ring for a fraction of the price they retail it for... I have a friend in Germany who is a 'gold master' when she told me how much it costs to create a plain gold band from a high grade gold I was astounded at the prices demanded by jewellers. When they catch this person I hope they give him a chance to explain his circumstances, however , the police will treat him like an animal in their endless pursuit of individual and group power. Comment777
  • Score: -22

4:54pm Fri 10 Jan 14

JustaBloke2000 says...

Comment777 wrote:
Maybe the shoplifter needs the rings to sell so he is able to feed his children.

If this were true how many would support this shop lifter??

This jeweller is 'robbing' people everyday (just like all other jewellers) when they create a purchase a ring for a fraction of the price they retail it for...

I have a friend in Germany who is a 'gold master' when she told me how much it costs to create a plain gold band from a high grade gold I was astounded at the prices demanded by jewellers.

When they catch this person I hope they give him a chance to explain his circumstances, however , the police will treat him like an animal in their endless pursuit of individual and group power.
There are many accessible ways that people can buy jewellery much cheaper than on the high street thanks to the internet but people still freely use high street jewellers for many reasons - they're not dragged in, kicking and screaming, off the street and forced to buy things at extortionate prices.

An incident like this is far more likely to run along these lines:
- Shop lift something.
- Get it pawned quickly.
- Buy whatever is needed to feed habit.

There are far more legal routes for people who want to feed their kids than nicking rings from a jewellers...
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: Maybe the shoplifter needs the rings to sell so he is able to feed his children. If this were true how many would support this shop lifter?? This jeweller is 'robbing' people everyday (just like all other jewellers) when they create a purchase a ring for a fraction of the price they retail it for... I have a friend in Germany who is a 'gold master' when she told me how much it costs to create a plain gold band from a high grade gold I was astounded at the prices demanded by jewellers. When they catch this person I hope they give him a chance to explain his circumstances, however , the police will treat him like an animal in their endless pursuit of individual and group power.[/p][/quote]There are many accessible ways that people can buy jewellery much cheaper than on the high street thanks to the internet but people still freely use high street jewellers for many reasons - they're not dragged in, kicking and screaming, off the street and forced to buy things at extortionate prices. An incident like this is far more likely to run along these lines: - Shop lift something. - Get it pawned quickly. - Buy whatever is needed to feed habit. There are far more legal routes for people who want to feed their kids than nicking rings from a jewellers... JustaBloke2000
  • Score: 11

6:05pm Fri 10 Jan 14

truth teller says...

opportunist theft by the sound of it
surely this wont take Sherlock to solve this one cctv everywhere in town centre .but then again don't hold your breath.
opportunist theft by the sound of it surely this wont take Sherlock to solve this one cctv everywhere in town centre .but then again don't hold your breath. truth teller
  • Score: 3

8:15pm Fri 10 Jan 14

keithyno.1 says...

Comment777 says....
"Maybe the shoplifter needs the rings to sell so he is able to feed his
children. "
Oh, so that would make it OK would it, to go around stealing other people's property?? A thief is a thief is a thief. The vast majority of people in this country actually go out to work to feed their children, they don't just walk into people's shops and nick whatever they can get their hands on, do they???!!
God, you get some d*ckhead comments left on this site!
Comment777 says.... "Maybe the shoplifter needs the rings to sell so he is able to feed his children. " Oh, so that would make it OK would it, to go around stealing other people's property?? A thief is a thief is a thief. The vast majority of people in this country actually go out to work to feed their children, they don't just walk into people's shops and nick whatever they can get their hands on, do they???!! God, you get some d*ckhead comments left on this site! keithyno.1
  • Score: 13

8:39pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

JustaBloke2000 wrote:
Comment777 wrote:
Maybe the shoplifter needs the rings to sell so he is able to feed his children.

If this were true how many would support this shop lifter??

This jeweller is 'robbing' people everyday (just like all other jewellers) when they create a purchase a ring for a fraction of the price they retail it for...

I have a friend in Germany who is a 'gold master' when she told me how much it costs to create a plain gold band from a high grade gold I was astounded at the prices demanded by jewellers.

When they catch this person I hope they give him a chance to explain his circumstances, however , the police will treat him like an animal in their endless pursuit of individual and group power.
There are many accessible ways that people can buy jewellery much cheaper than on the high street thanks to the internet but people still freely use high street jewellers for many reasons - they're not dragged in, kicking and screaming, off the street and forced to buy things at extortionate prices.

An incident like this is far more likely to run along these lines:
- Shop lift something.
- Get it pawned quickly.
- Buy whatever is needed to feed habit.

There are far more legal routes for people who want to feed their kids than nicking rings from a jewellers...
But in the 21st Century we still have children going without proper nourishment because the parents are unable (INDEFENSIBLE by society) or unwilling to feed their children as a priority (need a good war to get rid of these people, as happened in the 1st World War).

I am not saying this shoplifter has not done it out of greed only that he may have committed a crime out of necessity (in his eyes). Maybe he does not know about or is too proud to access a food bank or a social fund.

With regards to people buying from high street stores, especially in Bolton, does this not support the idea that most of these people are unaware of what else is on offer at a lower price, be it via the internet or other sales channel similar may I suggest to this thief who took the 'easy' route!!!!
[quote][p][bold]JustaBloke2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: Maybe the shoplifter needs the rings to sell so he is able to feed his children. If this were true how many would support this shop lifter?? This jeweller is 'robbing' people everyday (just like all other jewellers) when they create a purchase a ring for a fraction of the price they retail it for... I have a friend in Germany who is a 'gold master' when she told me how much it costs to create a plain gold band from a high grade gold I was astounded at the prices demanded by jewellers. When they catch this person I hope they give him a chance to explain his circumstances, however , the police will treat him like an animal in their endless pursuit of individual and group power.[/p][/quote]There are many accessible ways that people can buy jewellery much cheaper than on the high street thanks to the internet but people still freely use high street jewellers for many reasons - they're not dragged in, kicking and screaming, off the street and forced to buy things at extortionate prices. An incident like this is far more likely to run along these lines: - Shop lift something. - Get it pawned quickly. - Buy whatever is needed to feed habit. There are far more legal routes for people who want to feed their kids than nicking rings from a jewellers...[/p][/quote]But in the 21st Century we still have children going without proper nourishment because the parents are unable (INDEFENSIBLE by society) or unwilling to feed their children as a priority (need a good war to get rid of these people, as happened in the 1st World War). I am not saying this shoplifter has not done it out of greed only that he may have committed a crime out of necessity (in his eyes). Maybe he does not know about or is too proud to access a food bank or a social fund. With regards to people buying from high street stores, especially in Bolton, does this not support the idea that most of these people are unaware of what else is on offer at a lower price, be it via the internet or other sales channel similar may I suggest to this thief who took the 'easy' route!!!! Comment777
  • Score: -6

9:00pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

keithyno.1 wrote:
Comment777 says....
"Maybe the shoplifter needs the rings to sell so he is able to feed his
children. "
Oh, so that would make it OK would it, to go around stealing other people's property?? A thief is a thief is a thief. The vast majority of people in this country actually go out to work to feed their children, they don't just walk into people's shops and nick whatever they can get their hands on, do they???!!
God, you get some d*ckhead comments left on this site!
For the purpose of this discussion let us look at this thief's life. His parents did not care for him as any good parent would, they neglected and failed to support his education. At 16 he left school having fallen in with the wrong crowd. He does manage however to find employment and although it is low paid and he spends most of it at the pub he meets a girl who he falls in love with. He does everything in his power to make her happy and when she falls pregnant for the second time he fells he has everything he could ask for. Unfortunately just as they move into their new house one of the children develops leukaemia and on testing the second child she is also found to have a defect in her immune system. The mother of the children can not cope and he finds himself the primary carer for two children and his wife. After a short period he realises that he can not give them the care they need whilst working so hands in his notice so he can devote himself to his family. He is proud man though and accesses what help is just enough to allow the family to survive and he feels really bad so much so he begins to suffer with reactive depression and everything falls apart, his organisational skills fail, he forgets to complete and deliver paperwork needed for his benefits and he opens a letter three days ago stating he is no longer eligible. There is no food in the house, no other family members to provide assistance and the children and his wife are hungry...now tell me this hypothetical man has no defence to stealing a couple of rings.
Open your eyes and see the real world not just the cosy existence you have created with no room for compassion for a fellow human being...
[quote][p][bold]keithyno.1[/bold] wrote: Comment777 says.... "Maybe the shoplifter needs the rings to sell so he is able to feed his children. " Oh, so that would make it OK would it, to go around stealing other people's property?? A thief is a thief is a thief. The vast majority of people in this country actually go out to work to feed their children, they don't just walk into people's shops and nick whatever they can get their hands on, do they???!! God, you get some d*ckhead comments left on this site![/p][/quote]For the purpose of this discussion let us look at this thief's life. His parents did not care for him as any good parent would, they neglected and failed to support his education. At 16 he left school having fallen in with the wrong crowd. He does manage however to find employment and although it is low paid and he spends most of it at the pub he meets a girl who he falls in love with. He does everything in his power to make her happy and when she falls pregnant for the second time he fells he has everything he could ask for. Unfortunately just as they move into their new house one of the children develops leukaemia and on testing the second child she is also found to have a defect in her immune system. The mother of the children can not cope and he finds himself the primary carer for two children and his wife. After a short period he realises that he can not give them the care they need whilst working so hands in his notice so he can devote himself to his family. He is proud man though and accesses what help is just enough to allow the family to survive and he feels really bad so much so he begins to suffer with reactive depression and everything falls apart, his organisational skills fail, he forgets to complete and deliver paperwork needed for his benefits and he opens a letter three days ago stating he is no longer eligible. There is no food in the house, no other family members to provide assistance and the children and his wife are hungry...now tell me this hypothetical man has no defence to stealing a couple of rings. Open your eyes and see the real world not just the cosy existence you have created with no room for compassion for a fellow human being... Comment777
  • Score: -5

9:03pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

keithyno.1 wrote:
Comment777 says....
"Maybe the shoplifter needs the rings to sell so he is able to feed his
children. "
Oh, so that would make it OK would it, to go around stealing other people's property?? A thief is a thief is a thief. The vast majority of people in this country actually go out to work to feed their children, they don't just walk into people's shops and nick whatever they can get their hands on, do they???!!
God, you get some d*ckhead comments left on this site!
Your last sentence offends me on many levels but I am willing to forgive you due to your unfortunate and determined position to always live in Bolton!!!
[quote][p][bold]keithyno.1[/bold] wrote: Comment777 says.... "Maybe the shoplifter needs the rings to sell so he is able to feed his children. " Oh, so that would make it OK would it, to go around stealing other people's property?? A thief is a thief is a thief. The vast majority of people in this country actually go out to work to feed their children, they don't just walk into people's shops and nick whatever they can get their hands on, do they???!! God, you get some d*ckhead comments left on this site![/p][/quote]Your last sentence offends me on many levels but I am willing to forgive you due to your unfortunate and determined position to always live in Bolton!!! Comment777
  • Score: -5

9:30am Sat 11 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

truth teller wrote:
opportunist theft by the sound of it
surely this wont take Sherlock to solve this one cctv everywhere in town centre .but then again don't hold your breath.
Cctv is only any use if an image is captured of decent quality and if someone recognises the offender.

And only if the staff can retreive the images.

Perhaps the cops already know who it is but are not saying!
[quote][p][bold]truth teller[/bold] wrote: opportunist theft by the sound of it surely this wont take Sherlock to solve this one cctv everywhere in town centre .but then again don't hold your breath.[/p][/quote]Cctv is only any use if an image is captured of decent quality and if someone recognises the offender. And only if the staff can retreive the images. Perhaps the cops already know who it is but are not saying! atlas123
  • Score: 0

2:10pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

So hands up all those who have not downloaded music or film from the internet, do not possess something that belongs to someone else, not kept some money you have received and are not entitled to...if your hand is not up you are also guilty of theft....
So hands up all those who have not downloaded music or film from the internet, do not possess something that belongs to someone else, not kept some money you have received and are not entitled to...if your hand is not up you are also guilty of theft.... Comment777
  • Score: -1

12:55am Sun 12 Jan 14

WorkTownWanderer says...

@Comment777 what is this insane fantasy sob story you have cooked up? There is no argument to be had by making up ludicrous details to try and generate undue sympathy. What if he' s an opportunist thief? We can all cook stories up. I think he was a pimp who needed to get some quick money together for smack so he can keep some girls doped out of their heads whilst he makes money off their bodies. It's just making stuff up, it doesn't sway anyones opinions.

The reason Bolton is so utterly destroyed is for lack of opportunity, the deconstruction of collective identity and the disintegration of industry.

How is one person's choice to steal and generate money without effort helping the situation exactly? You're a weak apologist who's to terrified to face responsibility for your actions. Anyone who would defend this act, which is so clearly utterly wrong, is simply masking their own total inability to behave like a human being, and respect the fundamental rules of the society they are choosing to participate in. Coward and Hypocrite.
@Comment777 what is this insane fantasy sob story you have cooked up? There is no argument to be had by making up ludicrous details to try and generate undue sympathy. What if he' s an opportunist thief? We can all cook stories up. I think he was a pimp who needed to get some quick money together for smack so he can keep some girls doped out of their heads whilst he makes money off their bodies. It's just making stuff up, it doesn't sway anyones opinions. The reason Bolton is so utterly destroyed is for lack of opportunity, the deconstruction of collective identity and the disintegration of industry. How is one person's choice to steal and generate money without effort helping the situation exactly? You're a weak apologist who's to terrified to face responsibility for your actions. Anyone who would defend this act, which is so clearly utterly wrong, is simply masking their own total inability to behave like a human being, and respect the fundamental rules of the society they are choosing to participate in. Coward and Hypocrite. WorkTownWanderer
  • Score: 2

9:29am Sun 12 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

WorkTownWanderer wrote:
@Comment777 what is this insane fantasy sob story you have cooked up? There is no argument to be had by making up ludicrous details to try and generate undue sympathy. What if he' s an opportunist thief? We can all cook stories up. I think he was a pimp who needed to get some quick money together for smack so he can keep some girls doped out of their heads whilst he makes money off their bodies. It's just making stuff up, it doesn't sway anyones opinions.

The reason Bolton is so utterly destroyed is for lack of opportunity, the deconstruction of collective identity and the disintegration of industry.

How is one person's choice to steal and generate money without effort helping the situation exactly? You're a weak apologist who's to terrified to face responsibility for your actions. Anyone who would defend this act, which is so clearly utterly wrong, is simply masking their own total inability to behave like a human being, and respect the fundamental rules of the society they are choosing to participate in. Coward and Hypocrite.
My response was to the comment that their is no excuse for the behaviour of this person, a thief is a thief is a thief was the comment which inspired me to write the hypothetical story to make the point that until you know the person's circumstances no one is in a position to comment.

As for being a member of a decent society, not many of the sixty million or so residents of the UK can say they are part of a society that can be described as upright and virtuous. For ten years they have been funding a war that attempts to achieve peace by killing thousands and thousands of innocent people, yes UK residents have funded it through their taxes. Now you probably defend their position by saying they have no choice but they did and still have a choice, move to another country not involved in such indefensible violence. As another example the UK leaves the Syrian people to be massacred by government forces...decent society??? I do not think so....
[quote][p][bold]WorkTownWanderer[/bold] wrote: @Comment777 what is this insane fantasy sob story you have cooked up? There is no argument to be had by making up ludicrous details to try and generate undue sympathy. What if he' s an opportunist thief? We can all cook stories up. I think he was a pimp who needed to get some quick money together for smack so he can keep some girls doped out of their heads whilst he makes money off their bodies. It's just making stuff up, it doesn't sway anyones opinions. The reason Bolton is so utterly destroyed is for lack of opportunity, the deconstruction of collective identity and the disintegration of industry. How is one person's choice to steal and generate money without effort helping the situation exactly? You're a weak apologist who's to terrified to face responsibility for your actions. Anyone who would defend this act, which is so clearly utterly wrong, is simply masking their own total inability to behave like a human being, and respect the fundamental rules of the society they are choosing to participate in. Coward and Hypocrite.[/p][/quote]My response was to the comment that their is no excuse for the behaviour of this person, a thief is a thief is a thief was the comment which inspired me to write the hypothetical story to make the point that until you know the person's circumstances no one is in a position to comment. As for being a member of a decent society, not many of the sixty million or so residents of the UK can say they are part of a society that can be described as upright and virtuous. For ten years they have been funding a war that attempts to achieve peace by killing thousands and thousands of innocent people, yes UK residents have funded it through their taxes. Now you probably defend their position by saying they have no choice but they did and still have a choice, move to another country not involved in such indefensible violence. As another example the UK leaves the Syrian people to be massacred by government forces...decent society??? I do not think so.... Comment777
  • Score: 0

9:30am Sun 12 Jan 14

Comment777 says...

oops ...there is no excuse
oops ...there is no excuse Comment777
  • Score: 0

8:29pm Sun 12 Jan 14

CowardCrusher says...

we've all chosen to participate in a society that has due process for accountability. We can't withhold the taxes that create our social care, NHS, support and welfare (not to mention the civil amenities we have accomplished by refining our particular brand of democracy, including protection of property and personal liberty), because we disagree with international policy. We chose how to express our concerns with that through our voting system, and with civil disobedience and protest. That's how a democratic society works, you utterly gutless apologist.

Not that international policy even comes into this issue, you are clearly struggling to hold your ground by throwing in pointless diversions. You're likely defending the actions of petty thieves to mask your own inability to make an impact on your environment, launching petty defences from behind your keyboard. If you're so concerned about the welfare of criminals, why don;t you go out and volunteer to help rehabilitate them, instead of condoning their self destructive behaviour? You don't want to help, you want to screech and wail like a child.
we've all chosen to participate in a society that has due process for accountability. We can't withhold the taxes that create our social care, NHS, support and welfare (not to mention the civil amenities we have accomplished by refining our particular brand of democracy, including protection of property and personal liberty), because we disagree with international policy. We chose how to express our concerns with that through our voting system, and with civil disobedience and protest. That's how a democratic society works, you utterly gutless apologist. Not that international policy even comes into this issue, you are clearly struggling to hold your ground by throwing in pointless diversions. You're likely defending the actions of petty thieves to mask your own inability to make an impact on your environment, launching petty defences from behind your keyboard. If you're so concerned about the welfare of criminals, why don;t you go out and volunteer to help rehabilitate them, instead of condoning their self destructive behaviour? You don't want to help, you want to screech and wail like a child. CowardCrusher
  • Score: 0

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