Carmarthen jewellers hit in spate of thefts
ANOTHER Carmarthen business has been hit by suspected foreign jewellery thieves.
Police were called to the Old Curiosity Antiques Centre in King Street after two trays of jewellery were taken.
It is understood the goods were worth around £2,000 and the thieves were said to have Eastern European accents.
One distracted the victim while another took the goods at around 12.30pm on Friday.
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Last month five businesses were struck by criminals — who work in pairs and are thought to be foreign.
Traders reported goods to the value of £6,000 had been taken in distraction thefts recently, as criminals employed sleight-of-hand tactics to confuse staff.
In one incident, two thieves made off with a nine carat gold bracelet worth £1,500, along with two rings worth around £500 from Rose Leaf, which trades as Second Hand Rose/Leaf Antiques at the town's indoor market.
The theft from Mrs Leaf's shop is the fourth time her business has been hit.
Speaking about the latest theft at her store Mrs Leaf said two men had approached the shop at 3.30pm on January 10.
One spoke to an assistant while the other slipped the bracelet away.
Mrs Leaf, who was not at the shop at the time — but has the crime captured on CCTV — said: "It was taken by sleight of hand and from the footage the chain bracelet was put up their sleeve."
Tracey Kindred, of Nona jewellery shop in Guildhall Square, said around £3,000 of rings were stolen last year.
She added: "They always ask for trays of jewellery to be brought out and that is how they got away with our rings, they are very clever."
Tina Wilson, who owns Trysor in King Street, said she lost around £1,000 of stock in one incident.
Heather Ward, at Audrey Bull Jewellery and Antiques in Jacksons Lane said she pulled a gold chain from the hands of a thief three months ago.
All of the traders said they believed the thieves to be of foreign origin.