Police in Edinburgh are appealing for witnesses following a break-in and theft at a jewellers on George Street, Edinburgh.
The incident took place at around 1am on Friday, 12 February, when entry was forced through a window of Laing Edinburgh, which recently opened what is believed to be the largest jewellery store outside of London following a £1.7m relocation.
A number of watches, collectively thought to be worth a five-figure sum, were stolen from within the store.
The suspect is described as a man, 5ft 10in tall, with a slim-medium build. Edinburgh Police said he was wearing an all-grey tracksuit with the hood pulled over his head. He had his face obscured and was carrying a white or grey holdall.
Detective Constable Michael Campbell of Gayfield’s criminal investigation department, said: “We’re appealing for any members of the public who may have seen a man matching this description in the area around 1am to get in touch. We’d also ask anyone with information about the whereabouts of the stolen watches to come forward.
“If you purchase stolen items, knowingly or otherwise, these can be returned to their rightful owners meaning a financial loss for yourself. Always go through a reputable seller, or ensure that you see proof of ownership before purchasing items such as jewellery.”
A spokesperson for Laing Edinburgh, added: “We can confirm there was a break-in at our George Street store last Friday morning at 1am, the theft relates to a small number of lower value watches and the incident is being investigated by Police Scotland.
“Around 95% of our stock, including all high value watches and jewellery, is safeguarded securely off the shop floor.
“We have state-of-the-art alarms and full high definition CCTV throughout so the store’s security measures were activated immediately. We are cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation and would urge anyone with information about this theft to contact police.”
Police are urging anyone with information to contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.