‘Smoke cloak’ in Chichester jewellery shop heist

JEWELLERY was stolen in a dramatic burglary, as four men fled the scene in clouds of smoke.

Thieves broke into the Pandora store in Chichester on Sunday night (December 29), but dropped some of the loot as they made their escape.

An eyewitness, Wayne Lock, who lives near the shop on East Street, said: “We heard banging and shouting coming from the side street.

“We could see smoke, and guys, four of them. We saw them run off.

“They chucked a smoke bomb. My housemate ran down and they ran past her.”

He said there were ‘four massive guys’, who left with a ‘big bag of stuff’.

“They had all the tools with them,” he said.

The Pandora shop opened in October as part of an extension of GH Pressley 
and Sons, which has two other stores in Chichester, and jewellery stores in Worthing.

The firm’s Etcetera store, in the Butter Market, was burgled in January 2013, 
and £200,000 worth of Pandora jewellery was stolen.

A Sussex Police spokesman said the value of the jewellery taken in Sunday’s break-in had not yet been confirmed.

Owner Jonathon Pressley could not be reached for a comment, but he told the Observer after last year’s burglary: “Around the country, jewellers selling Pandora are having to rework their security at the moment.”

Sussex Police is appealing for witnesses to the incident, to come forward.

“At just after 10pm a call was received to say the alarm was going off at Pandora and one of the windows was smashed,” said a Sussex Police spokesman.

“There appeared to be smoke at the scene, believed to be from a smoke cloak.

“It was believed four men wearing dark hooded tops, dropped some jewellery as they fled the scene.”

Anyone with any information should contact Sussex Police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.