Police appeal after ‘sentimental’ jewellery stolen

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A daughter has been left distraught after her mother’s engagement ring was stolen.

The heirloom – described as a marquisette set with three small diamonds – was one of three rings to be taken from the victim’s Laing Terrace property in Hawick on Saturday between 6.15pm and 9.15pm.

And police have asked the public to contact them if anyone offers to sell them a ring.

Police say the suspect reached through an open window at the back of the property and took three jewellery boxes, which were on a dressing table.

The contents of the jewellery boxes included the engagement ring, as well as a 35-year-old yellow gold ring worth £1,200. It is described as having a diamond in the centre encircled in rubies and with another circle of diamonds around it.

The final ring has a long set line of emeralds with lines of diamonds down each side, is 15 years old and valued at £400.

PC David Jamieson from Police Scotland said: “We are keen to hear from anybody who recognises the description of the jewellery, as the suspect may be attempting to sell them.

“The stolen items are of great sentimental value. One of the rings was the engagement ring of the victim’s mother, and so she is particularly distressed about its theft.

“Anyone who was near Laing Terrace on Saturday evening and saw anything suspicious, or who can help identify these rings is asked to contact police immediately.”

Meanwhile, a property in Newcastleton has been targeted, with £2,600 worth of tools stolen.

A series of outbuildings in the grounds of the Steele Road home were broken into between 9pm on Monday and 7.15am the next day.

Two structures were entered and several power tools were stolen from inside.

A Nissan Nivaro car outside the property was also broken into and more tools were taken from within.

In addition, a caravan was also accessed but nothing was stolen.

PC Ian Robertson said: “These tools are worth a lot of money and the owner is keen to have them returned.

“Anyone who remembers seeing anything suspicious in the area between Monday night and Tuesday morning is asked to contact police immediately.

“Similarly, anyone with information that can help us trace those responsible is also asked to get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.