Croydon police appeal to trace owners of gold and jewellery found in builder's yard
2:00pm Monday 11th March 2013 in News
Police are attempting to reunite gold and jewellery found in a builders yard with their rightful owners.
The items which are believed to have been stolen in recent burglaries, were found by a man at a builder's yard in Stroud Road, South Norwood, on February 16, and handed in to the Ashburton Safer Neighbourhoods Team.
Officers have checked recent burglary reports in a bid to identify the owners, but have so far been unable to trace them.
It is believed the items were stolen from people in the local area and were possibly dropped or left behind by the suspects.
Detective Inspector Brian Hobbs of Croydon CID said: "These items were handed to us by a honest member of the public who literally found them lying on the floor.
"It is more than likely they were stolen - probably during burglaries - so we’re simply trying to identify who the rightful owners are and reunite them with their property.
"This also highlights the importance of people making a note and taking photos of their expensive jewellery items.
If the worst happens and they are stolen, by having photos and a list and description of items, we can much more easily identify and reunite owners with property when we recover stolen goods.
"It also makes it easier for us to prove items have been stolen and prosecute those handling them as well."
Anyone with information or who recognises any of the items should call Croydon police on 101.