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Police probe house break-in
3:32pm Friday 1st March 2013 in Chester-le-Street
POLICE in Chester-le-Street are investigating a daytime burglary on a quiet housing estate.
It happened yesterday, Thursday, February 28 while the occupants of a house in Cromarty, Ouston, were out.
When they returned at about 1.50pm they discovered burglars had forced the UPVC French doors at the back of the house and broken in, stealing a large amount of jewellery as well as car keys - although not the car itself - £1,000 in Premium bonds, a satnav unit and two cameras.
Enquiries in the area revealed that two youths had been seen running from the house, across the grounds of Ouston Infants School and over a fence back into Cromarty.
They discarded some of the property, including the cameras and the satnav, but several items of jewellery remain missing.
The more distinctive pieces include a black opal pendant worth £700, which is oval-shaped in a diamond surround on a 21 carat gold chain; an amber pendant two and a quarter inches wide in a wire surround, with a silver necklace wound through with leaves and flowers; an amber linked bracelet, each stone a different shade of amber with a matching ring; two blue topaz rings, a gold pocket watch, an ammonite stone and wedding rings.
Anyone with information should call Det Con Lindsay Guest at Chester-le-Street CID on 101 or to ring Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.