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Stolen jewellery probably sold as unwanted gold

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Few will recall that in the days of PC Dixon, the TV cop, every petty thief needed a "fence".  The term was used often in the programme, for the guy, who would give you a fair price for your stolen goods. He never asked any questions he just gave you the money.  You never argued over the price because he was taking the risk and keeping you out of the nick.  Thankfully with gold and silver it's become so much simpler these days.  The "fence" has a shop in the High Street or if you don't fancy that, just pop it in a envelope with your name and address and send it in the post.

We had returned by cab from a great weekend away, to find the car gone, front door open and home trashed.  Before the police arrived I had a call from upstairs, "They have taken my jewellery box".  Now, my wife is not a jewellery person.  The box once contained chocolates and many fella?s would say that all it contained was junk.  So resisting any negative response, we merely mentioned it to the police.  However, a lady in her 60s has history and some of that ?junk? related to an earlier relationship which she had not worn due to sensitivity.  Then there was her engagement ring which had lost a stone, which I had promised I would have repaired and the charm bracelet (oh, they are so ?70s'), the gold necklace where the clasp had broken and my wedding ring from my first marriage.  The list seemed endless and took some days to complete and no, we were not being creative, we have never made a claim on our home insurance before.

A ring on a finger - stolen jewellery? The police responded in a reasonable manner, we had the fingerprint man and the crime prevention guy and a CID officer.  Obviously they had alerted DVLA about the car but there were two things that stand out from that interview ? 1. the name ?Cash Converters?, who were one of the companies we were assured worked very closely with the police in reporting anything suspicious (yeh!) Some days later, following the Cash Converters comment I surfed the website pages for the very obscure Tamron Camera Zoom Lens which was stolen and found one for sale in a store less than 15 miles away.  When I reported this to the CID they had to be persuaded to speak to the store and were told that they had had it for months, which we must accept as true.  2. When we mentioned my wife?s jewellery, we gasped at the response "There is little chance of you seeing that again. It will already be in the post to one of these places that buy unwanted gold".

It certainly must have worked for the guy who stole £4000 worth of jewellery from my home.  He would not have got £4000 but then the "fence" was sharing the risk.  If you want to know where to find one, he probably also does payday loans.

By: Masser


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Bulldog

Bulldog

Phil
Your spot on Romanians are the worst go out stealing everyday !
Stop these Eastern European scum bags entering Britain & focus on how to remove those that are here - il do it for free !!!
Bulldog
29th Sep 14 23:26

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Phil

Phil

Your items were probably stolen by immigrants. Stopping immigration would greatly reduce your risk of being burgled again. What can i do about immigration i here you ask. Well the best way to stop immigration and the accompanying crime is to vote UKIP.
Phil
5th May 14 11:48

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Truth

Truth

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The police have a big hand in this business ! Then they buy a bar in Spain ?
Party party
Truth
1st May 14 00:37

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ExCop

ExCop

Stolen jewellery is 100% profit. What’s not to like.

Stop whinging and start stealing.
ExCop
28th Feb 14 11:24

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Truth

Truth

Lol
Hire a cop ! Don't wear the shine if you can't keep it on your wrist !
The police are too busy setting up road checks to tax honest people then investigate real crime !
Jokers
Truth
7th Feb 14 01:44

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the truth

the truth

Lol
We all know the police fence there il gotten gains thru these organisations .... rotten apples

Seen them dealing in hatton garden undercover
the truth
22nd Jan 14 23:16

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electriceel

electriceel

Good Idea Alf...... I've just photographed my missus in case somebody nicks her!

Seriously though.... excellent tips!
electriceel
28th Dec 13 22:23

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Alf Red

Alf Red

Sorry to hear of your situation, it must be awful. We've not yet had a burglary, but take every precaution, including locking all outer doors, even when in the house. Another thing I've done is to photograph in detail all items of value, especially serial numbers of electrical and photographic goods, as well as all receipts. If ever we get stuff stolen, I can hand over a SD card to the police with all this info on. If my camera was found in a 2nd hand shop, it would be easy to match the serial numbers. SD cards are easily hidden, or taken with you.
I've also photographed each room so that we can tell instantly if anything is missing.
Alf Red
21st Dec 13 10:05

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silverline

silverline

It is very sad and disheartening when I hear this sort of thing and it is all too often now. Now you see it and now you don't and when its gone its gone. Nobody really cares but the police will go through the motions and promptly forget all about you. We now have a large contingent of pond life that do this sort of thing with no thought of the harm or misery they are causing but they have no morals or scruples. They live on benefits and rob people to pay for their drug or alcohol habit. If you catch one robbing your house and beat the crap out of him then suddenly the police are very interested in YOU. The decent people will always lose.
silverline
14th Dec 13 10:02

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