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Thieves steal £100,000 worth of vintage watches from Glossop business
Thursday 20th September 2018 @ 09:58 by Lauren Entwistle
Business Crime Derbyshire Glossop News Reports

A Glossop business owner is appealing for information after roughly £100,000 worth of vintage watches were stolen from his office.

Tony Wooderson, who owns Crystal Living in Brookfield found his workplace in ruin after thieves smashed the windows in order to gain entry to the office and safe in the early hours of Saturday morning.

He believes the thieves made two visits in a “sophisticated, planned” burglary, first tripping off his security system at 9pm on the Friday, which called the police out to an empty office. The thieves managed to prise the safe from its bolted position on the wall and manhandle it into a waiting vehicle.

Witnesses reported to have seen four people with Liverpudlian accents were loading a “heavy object” from the building into an Audi Q3 at roughly 4am the next morning.

Tony said: “It’s so disappointing and frustrating to think the thieves won’t even know what they’ve got in their hands – the worry is that the watches will get melted down for scrap metal. It’s not even the monetary value of the watches that is lost. Some of them are recognisable pieces or over 100 years old, which makes them irreplaceable.”

Tony has been collecting vintage and military watches for years. He started his business, The Watch Collector, three years ago.

On a Facebook post Tony added: “I have worked 12 hours a day for the past three years to build my vintage watch business. Some low-life destroyed that in one night.”

The incident has been reported to police, and Tony has begun to check his stocks and record which pieces have been stolen. He has created a section on The Watch Collector website detailing the missing items.

They include an Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch, a Rolex Submariner and a Heuer Carerra 1553N Automatic Chronograph.

Tony has also offered a reward for any information on the thieves or for the return of his collection.

A police spokesman said: “Our officers attended reports of an alarm sounding at around 8:45pm on Friday and discovered a window which had been damaged.

“They checked the area, but nothing else appeared out of place so they arranged for the window to be boarded up after they were unable to contact the owner.

We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area during that evening, or with any information which could help with our inquiries.”

If you think you could help, call 101, quoting the reference number 18*441691 and the name of the officer in the case, DC Glyn Cantrill.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone with information regarding the stolen watches, can also contact Tony on 07767 668363, or email him at: [email protected]

You can also view the stolen watches here.