North Yorkshire incident sparks police appeal

Police in North Yorkshire are appealing for help after burglars allegedly struck a property in Middleham last week.

The incident reportedly took place on the evening of last Wednesday (March 13), at some point between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm.

During the raid, thieves are reported to have taken a collection of valuable gold jewellery items and police are looking for anyone who may have information about its whereabouts. It is thought that the culprits may look to sell the distinctive pieces to people in the area and residents have been asked to keep an eye out.

One of the items to have disappeared was a charm bracelet with eight charms attached to it. Four of these have been personalised with the names and birthdays of the homeowner’s children.

As well as the charm bracelet, other items to have vanished include a diamond ring, a sapphire ring, a heart-shaped ring, a pearl and turquoise ring and a pair of wedding rings.

Speaking of the aftermath, Northallerton CID’s DC James Toper said:

“Burglary is a distressing crime, particularly when sentimental and personal items are stolen. The charm bracelet is quite unique being personalised with the names of people close to the owner. I urge anyone who is offered these items for sale to contact the police without delay.”

With many of the small town’s residents seeing the incident as a warning to improve their home security measures, features like roller shutters and bar gates are expected to rise in popularity.

Anyone who may be able to help is being asked to contact North Yorkshire police.

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