Thieves steal jewellery worth over £20,000
THIEVES have stolen more than £20,000 of jewellery from a city couple – including a family "heirloom" which disappeared for 15 years in a separate burglary three decades ago.
The gold Rolex watch – which is worth around £5,000 – has been stolen for a second time in a raid on Sharryn and Matthew Hinchliffe's home in Union Road, Exeter.
Mum-of-two Sharryn, 36, told the Echo she was devastated by its theft, as it was handed down to her on her 21st birthday by her aunt who has now passed away.
The watch was among a stash of items taken from the family's home during a brazen daytime break-in.
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"The watch has so much sentimental value to me," she said.
"It is bit of a family heirloom and was given to me by my aunty when I turned 21. It was stolen before and disappeared for 15 years but amazingly my aunty got it back.
"It was a bit beaten up but it came back to her and she put a new bracelet on it."
Among the other items stolen was an 18 carat gold ring, with a small flower consisting of emeralds, rubies and diamonds. It is believed to be worth around £5,000.
Mrs Hinchliffe said personal items were also stolen in the burglary, which happened on Tuesday, August 28, including a camera belonging to one of her children.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 with crime reference De/12/8475.