|Ageing thief steals thousands of pounds worth of jewellery
CCTV Ring Theft
An ageing thief stole unique rings worth thousands of pounds from a jewellers in Ashton-in-Makerfield.
Officers investigating the theft have released images in the hope that someone will be able to help them trace the man.
Between 9.45am and 11.30am on Thursday 22 April 2010, a man believed to be in his 70s visited the Collingwood Gold jewellers on Gerard Street posing as a customer.
He asked to be shown display trays containing rings.
During the time he was looking through the trays he picked up three rings and put them in his pocket.
The offender is described as a white man, believed to be in his 70s and about 5ft 7in tall. He was wearing dark sunglasses, a grey jacket, beige trousers, a brown trilby hat and he was carrying a well-polished walking stick. He spoke in what was believed to be a British Jewish accent.
The first item stolen was an 18-carat white gold ring with a single oval white diamond in centre and half moon shaped bars either side of diamond. The diamond is 1.81-carat, in Tiffany style
The second ring is described as a three stone ring, with a 2.8 carat round diamond and an 18-carat yellow-gold band.
The third piece of jewellery is described as an 18-carat white gold ring, set with a centre diamond of 1.82 carats, which is surrounded by very small diamonds.
Police Constable Gordon Beattie, based at Bamfurlong Police Station, said: "This man does not necessarily fit the stereotype of what we all think of criminals - but make no mistake, this man has broken the law by stealing three very valuable rings and we are determined to catch him.
"I'd ask people to take a good look at this picture and if you recognise him or know something that might help, please contact me.
"This acts as a reminder to all of us that criminals come in many guises and can seem quite plausible."
Anyone with information is asked to call police in Wigan on 0161 856 7436 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.