Thieves break into Pandora store in Bournemouth and make off with thousands of pounds worth of jewellery

Thousands of pounds worth of jewellery stolen from Pandora store

Thousands of pounds worth of jewellery stolen from Pandora store

Thousands of pounds worth of jewellery stolen from Pandora store

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THIEVES smashed their way into a Pandora shop in Bournemouth town centre and made off with thousands of pounds worth of jewellery in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

At around 4.30am police were notified of a break-in at the shop on Old Christchurch Road.

Staff at the store said a “significant amount” of jewellery, mostly the brand’s iconic bracelets and charms, were stolen.

Store manager Sarah Hayes said: “They smashed through the front door.

“The alarm went off and alerted a member of the public who called the police.

“We don’t know how much has been taken yet but it’s a significant amount. It’s mostly the bracelets and charms.”

Staff members found a hammer inside the store which is believed to have been used to smash through the door.

This is the second time the company has been targeted by thieves in Bournemouth.

In July 2012, thousands of pounds of stock was stolen from Pandora’s previous shop on Old Christchurch Road.

Miss Hayes said staff were shocked and saddened to hear of the break-in.

She said: “We take quite a lot of pride in this store and work really hard to keep it looking beautiful. When something like this happens it’s really upsetting.”

Crime scene investigators were at the store gathering evidence yesterday morning.

A spokesman from Dorset police said officers are looking over CCTV footage from the area.

The shop was closed yesterday but staff hope to be open by the weekend. 

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the break-in to call Dorset Police on 101 quoting crime reference 08:37.

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9:40am Tue 8 Apr 14

billy bumble says...

Thousands of pounds retail value

Intrinsic value? - about a tenner

Pandora stuff is one of the biggest cons out - utter rubbish at huge prices
Thousands of pounds retail value Intrinsic value? - about a tenner Pandora stuff is one of the biggest cons out - utter rubbish at huge prices billy bumble
  • Score: 24

9:54am Tue 8 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

Over priced fashionable tat, cleverly marketed as jewellery.
Value to them to replace the stock is probably in the hundreds, not thousands, notice the lack of any sort of meaningful security, obviously metal shutters would far out value the items its protecting?
Over priced fashionable tat, cleverly marketed as jewellery. Value to them to replace the stock is probably in the hundreds, not thousands, notice the lack of any sort of meaningful security, obviously metal shutters would far out value the items its protecting? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 53

10:02am Tue 8 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

Nice to see they were dusting for prints this morning. When the place I work at, very nearby, had a break-in, they just gave us a crime number and said there was nothing they could do. Even though there were obvious footprints and fingerprints on/by our door. I guess not being a multi-billion pound multinational made us not worth the bother....
Nice to see they were dusting for prints this morning. When the place I work at, very nearby, had a break-in, they just gave us a crime number and said there was nothing they could do. Even though there were obvious footprints and fingerprints on/by our door. I guess not being a multi-billion pound multinational made us not worth the bother.... speedy231278
  • Score: 20

10:41am Tue 8 Apr 14

Azphreal says...

If the police were called how long did it take for them to turn up?
If the police were called how long did it take for them to turn up? Azphreal
  • Score: -10

11:16am Tue 8 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

Azphreal wrote:
If the police were called how long did it take for them to turn up?
Six doughnuts and a mug of tea.
[quote][p][bold]Azphreal[/bold] wrote: If the police were called how long did it take for them to turn up?[/p][/quote]Six doughnuts and a mug of tea. speedy231278
  • Score: 18

11:19am Tue 8 Apr 14

Gingertree says...

Pandora is the mutton dressed as lamb of the jewelry world
Pandora is the mutton dressed as lamb of the jewelry world Gingertree
  • Score: 19

11:21am Tue 8 Apr 14

Gingertree says...

Pandora is the mutton dressed as lamb of the jewellery world
Pandora is the mutton dressed as lamb of the jewellery world Gingertree
  • Score: 9

11:35am Tue 8 Apr 14

bbird says...

Hear people **** after Swarowski/Pandora stuff. Yes clever marketing for a load of metal and glass. Would I pay £100+, no! But then 'real' jewellery is a rip of too. In Italy at least gold jewellery (18ct as opposed to our 9ct) often sold by weight. Here when I ask the cost by weight am looked at quizzicaly.
Hear people **** after Swarowski/Pandora stuff. Yes clever marketing for a load of metal and glass. Would I pay £100+, no! But then 'real' jewellery is a rip of too. In Italy at least gold jewellery (18ct as opposed to our 9ct) often sold by weight. Here when I ask the cost by weight am looked at quizzicaly. bbird
  • Score: 11

11:41am Tue 8 Apr 14

bbird says...

bbird wrote:
Hear people **** after Swarowski/Pandora stuff. Yes clever marketing for a load of metal and glass. Would I pay £100+, no! But then 'real' jewellery is a rip of too. In Italy at least gold jewellery (18ct as opposed to our 9ct) often sold by weight. Here when I ask the cost by weight am looked at quizzicaly.
Just had ****** blanked out above..since when is it unacceptable to ****** after jewellery?
[quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: Hear people **** after Swarowski/Pandora stuff. Yes clever marketing for a load of metal and glass. Would I pay £100+, no! But then 'real' jewellery is a rip of too. In Italy at least gold jewellery (18ct as opposed to our 9ct) often sold by weight. Here when I ask the cost by weight am looked at quizzicaly.[/p][/quote]Just had ****** blanked out above..since when is it unacceptable to ****** after jewellery? bbird
  • Score: 9

11:54am Tue 8 Apr 14

High Treason says...

Same all made in China stuff on the internet for under a tenth of the price. Just shows how gullible people are with "designer" rubbish.
Same all made in China stuff on the internet for under a tenth of the price. Just shows how gullible people are with "designer" rubbish. High Treason
  • Score: 14

11:56am Tue 8 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

Whats she photographing the door handle for, I think its quite clear they got in through that big hole next to it?
Whats she photographing the door handle for, I think its quite clear they got in through that big hole next to it? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 24

12:08pm Tue 8 Apr 14

FireVault says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Nice to see they were dusting for prints this morning. When the place I work at, very nearby, had a break-in, they just gave us a crime number and said there was nothing they could do. Even though there were obvious footprints and fingerprints on/by our door. I guess not being a multi-billion pound multinational made us not worth the bother....
Since this is a Pandora & Swarovski store, it clearly isn't owned directly by either of those companies, so probably not fingerprinting because it's a multi-billion pound multinational - I think a lot of the time it's just down to how good the officers are who turn up.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Nice to see they were dusting for prints this morning. When the place I work at, very nearby, had a break-in, they just gave us a crime number and said there was nothing they could do. Even though there were obvious footprints and fingerprints on/by our door. I guess not being a multi-billion pound multinational made us not worth the bother....[/p][/quote]Since this is a Pandora & Swarovski store, it clearly isn't owned directly by either of those companies, so probably not fingerprinting because it's a multi-billion pound multinational - I think a lot of the time it's just down to how good the officers are who turn up. FireVault
  • Score: 6

12:45pm Tue 8 Apr 14

spooki says...

I don't get this shop. You can go in Hobbycraft and buy a set of three of those little donut beady things for £3.99! They have no security shutters? They leave the 'jewellery' out after they've shut?
I don't get this shop. You can go in Hobbycraft and buy a set of three of those little donut beady things for £3.99! They have no security shutters? They leave the 'jewellery' out after they've shut? spooki
  • Score: 14

12:51pm Tue 8 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

“The alarm went off and alerted a member of the public who called the police.

Does this mean they didn't have a police response monitored alarm?
Particularly this happened previously.

There can't be many cars or hoodies mooching around at 4:30am early on a Monday morning.
“The alarm went off and alerted a member of the public who called the police. Does this mean they didn't have a police response monitored alarm? Particularly this happened previously. There can't be many cars or hoodies mooching around at 4:30am early on a Monday morning. BIGTONE
  • Score: 14

12:53pm Tue 8 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

spooki wrote:
I don't get this shop. You can go in Hobbycraft and buy a set of three of those little donut beady things for £3.99! They have no security shutters? They leave the 'jewellery' out after they've shut?
Yup. And someone breaks the glass to get it. Who would think of such a complicated plan?
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: I don't get this shop. You can go in Hobbycraft and buy a set of three of those little donut beady things for £3.99! They have no security shutters? They leave the 'jewellery' out after they've shut?[/p][/quote]Yup. And someone breaks the glass to get it. Who would think of such a complicated plan? speedy231278
  • Score: 12

1:00pm Tue 8 Apr 14

KLH says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Azphreal wrote:
If the police were called how long did it take for them to turn up?
Six doughnuts and a mug of tea.
Probably in MaccyDs buying them...
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Azphreal[/bold] wrote: If the police were called how long did it take for them to turn up?[/p][/quote]Six doughnuts and a mug of tea.[/p][/quote]Probably in MaccyDs buying them... KLH
  • Score: 3

1:01pm Tue 8 Apr 14

KLH says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Azphreal wrote:
If the police were called how long did it take for them to turn up?
Six doughnuts and a mug of tea.
Probably in MaccyDs buying them...
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Azphreal[/bold] wrote: If the police were called how long did it take for them to turn up?[/p][/quote]Six doughnuts and a mug of tea.[/p][/quote]Probably in MaccyDs buying them... KLH
  • Score: 3

1:24pm Tue 8 Apr 14

BarrHumbug says...

spooki wrote:
I don't get this shop. You can go in Hobbycraft and buy a set of three of those little donut beady things for £3.99! They have no security shutters? They leave the 'jewellery' out after they've shut?
Exactly hence why Pandora don't have any security shutters either, they try to justify the inflated price by displaying them in felt lined display drawers in a shop lined with fake italian marble to give the illusion of expensive quality. If they put a load of plastic beads in a pick'n'mix jar even the most gullible wouldn't be fooled into paying £30 each for them!

The funny thing is, as soon as a family member gets a bracelet everyone sighs in relief as they now don't have to think too hard about what to get them for birthdays/christmas/
anniversaries lol
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: I don't get this shop. You can go in Hobbycraft and buy a set of three of those little donut beady things for £3.99! They have no security shutters? They leave the 'jewellery' out after they've shut?[/p][/quote]Exactly hence why Pandora don't have any security shutters either, they try to justify the inflated price by displaying them in felt lined display drawers in a shop lined with fake italian marble to give the illusion of expensive quality. If they put a load of plastic beads in a pick'n'mix jar even the most gullible wouldn't be fooled into paying £30 each for them! The funny thing is, as soon as a family member gets a bracelet everyone sighs in relief as they now don't have to think too hard about what to get them for birthdays/christmas/ anniversaries lol BarrHumbug
  • Score: 12

1:43pm Tue 8 Apr 14

ABCD1 says...

Maybe it was a disgruntled customer that had experienced the poor level of service that I did when I wanted to return a faulty item!
Was told not under warranty as the item was purchased outside of the UK, despite being purchased from a recognised Pandora dealer! This was also after my friends and family had spent a small fortune in the store on my special birthday gifts!
Went to the Southampton Pandora shop (different franchise) they told me exactly what I thought, I am entitled to return goods at any Pandora shop!
I have shopped at Southampton ever since or at Forum in Broadstone. Wouldn't give Bournemouth the pleasure. They may make the shop look nice, but customer service is so much more valuable.
What goes around comes around in my opinion.
Maybe it was a disgruntled customer that had experienced the poor level of service that I did when I wanted to return a faulty item! Was told not under warranty as the item was purchased outside of the UK, despite being purchased from a recognised Pandora dealer! This was also after my friends and family had spent a small fortune in the store on my special birthday gifts! Went to the Southampton Pandora shop (different franchise) they told me exactly what I thought, I am entitled to return goods at any Pandora shop! I have shopped at Southampton ever since or at Forum in Broadstone. Wouldn't give Bournemouth the pleasure. They may make the shop look nice, but customer service is so much more valuable. What goes around comes around in my opinion. ABCD1
  • Score: 11

1:46pm Tue 8 Apr 14

skydriver says...

billy bumble wrote:
Thousands of pounds retail value

Intrinsic value? - about a tenner

Pandora stuff is one of the biggest cons out - utter rubbish at huge prices
Clearly the thiefs not too choosy , what a load of tack, from the outside that is .and shop had poor security, hence not high value.
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: Thousands of pounds retail value Intrinsic value? - about a tenner Pandora stuff is one of the biggest cons out - utter rubbish at huge prices[/p][/quote]Clearly the thiefs not too choosy , what a load of tack, from the outside that is .and shop had poor security, hence not high value. skydriver
  • Score: 5

2:44pm Tue 8 Apr 14

jill M says...

KLH wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
Azphreal wrote:
If the police were called how long did it take for them to turn up?
Six doughnuts and a mug of tea.
Probably in MaccyDs buying them...
No, probably that there were very few officers actually on duty, trying to be in ten places at once, because of the cuts to the police force. Very easy to pour scorn when you re anonymous, try doing their job for a day, you wouldn't be so sarcastic then. They have to prioritise emergencies as they come in as there simply isn t enough officers to immediately go to each call.
[quote][p][bold]KLH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Azphreal[/bold] wrote: If the police were called how long did it take for them to turn up?[/p][/quote]Six doughnuts and a mug of tea.[/p][/quote]Probably in MaccyDs buying them...[/p][/quote]No, probably that there were very few officers actually on duty, trying to be in ten places at once, because of the cuts to the police force. Very easy to pour scorn when you re anonymous, try doing their job for a day, you wouldn't be so sarcastic then. They have to prioritise emergencies as they come in as there simply isn t enough officers to immediately go to each call. jill M
  • Score: 13

4:13pm Tue 8 Apr 14

blackdog1 says...

What is it with these sad people all posting comments on here slagging off the shop and the Police? For gods sake some scumbags have stolen property, how about slagging off them instead! I really do wonder why a lot of people are just so nasty!
What is it with these sad people all posting comments on here slagging off the shop and the Police? For gods sake some scumbags have stolen property, how about slagging off them instead! I really do wonder why a lot of people are just so nasty! blackdog1
  • Score: 25

5:04pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Dibben says...

Probably the teachers from Kemp Welch, Maybe?
Probably the teachers from Kemp Welch, Maybe? Dibben
  • Score: -6

5:29pm Tue 8 Apr 14

live-and-let-live says...

blackdog1 wrote:
What is it with these sad people all posting comments on here slagging off the shop and the Police? For gods sake some scumbags have stolen property, how about slagging off them instead! I really do wonder why a lot of people are just so nasty!
slagging off thieves is not allowed. as maria miller will tell you.
but you are right about slagging the shop and its stock. some people like that stuff. lots of people have been happy to shop there.
[quote][p][bold]blackdog1[/bold] wrote: What is it with these sad people all posting comments on here slagging off the shop and the Police? For gods sake some scumbags have stolen property, how about slagging off them instead! I really do wonder why a lot of people are just so nasty![/p][/quote]slagging off thieves is not allowed. as maria miller will tell you. but you are right about slagging the shop and its stock. some people like that stuff. lots of people have been happy to shop there. live-and-let-live
  • Score: -1

6:54pm Tue 8 Apr 14

boardsandphotos says...

bbird wrote:
bbird wrote:
Hear people **** after Swarowski/Pandora stuff. Yes clever marketing for a load of metal and glass. Would I pay £100+, no! But then 'real' jewellery is a rip of too. In Italy at least gold jewellery (18ct as opposed to our 9ct) often sold by weight. Here when I ask the cost by weight am looked at quizzicaly.
Just had ****** blanked out above..since when is it unacceptable to ****** after jewellery?
Pawn...with an a, not with an o.

They are two different words with two different meanings.
[quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bbird[/bold] wrote: Hear people **** after Swarowski/Pandora stuff. Yes clever marketing for a load of metal and glass. Would I pay £100+, no! But then 'real' jewellery is a rip of too. In Italy at least gold jewellery (18ct as opposed to our 9ct) often sold by weight. Here when I ask the cost by weight am looked at quizzicaly.[/p][/quote]Just had ****** blanked out above..since when is it unacceptable to ****** after jewellery?[/p][/quote]Pawn...with an a, not with an o. They are two different words with two different meanings. boardsandphotos
  • Score: 1

7:57am Wed 9 Apr 14

skydriver says...

billy bumble wrote:
Thousands of pounds retail value

Intrinsic value? - about a tenner

Pandora stuff is one of the biggest cons out - utter rubbish at huge prices
Thousands of pence maybe not pounds.
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: Thousands of pounds retail value Intrinsic value? - about a tenner Pandora stuff is one of the biggest cons out - utter rubbish at huge prices[/p][/quote]Thousands of pence maybe not pounds. skydriver
  • Score: 0

8:04am Wed 9 Apr 14

KLH says...

jill M wrote:
KLH wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
Azphreal wrote:
If the police were called how long did it take for them to turn up?
Six doughnuts and a mug of tea.
Probably in MaccyDs buying them...
No, probably that there were very few officers actually on duty, trying to be in ten places at once, because of the cuts to the police force. Very easy to pour scorn when you re anonymous, try doing their job for a day, you wouldn't be so sarcastic then. They have to prioritise emergencies as they come in as there simply isn t enough officers to immediately go to each call.
Probaby sorting out P!$$heads or motorists......
[quote][p][bold]jill M[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KLH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Azphreal[/bold] wrote: If the police were called how long did it take for them to turn up?[/p][/quote]Six doughnuts and a mug of tea.[/p][/quote]Probably in MaccyDs buying them...[/p][/quote]No, probably that there were very few officers actually on duty, trying to be in ten places at once, because of the cuts to the police force. Very easy to pour scorn when you re anonymous, try doing their job for a day, you wouldn't be so sarcastic then. They have to prioritise emergencies as they come in as there simply isn t enough officers to immediately go to each call.[/p][/quote]Probaby sorting out P!$$heads or motorists...... KLH
  • Score: 0

10:04am Wed 9 Apr 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Ah Pandora's, yes, that place staffed by 15 pretty young girls doing nothing but chatting to eachother and standing about trying to look useful.

I prefer Argos.
Ah Pandora's, yes, that place staffed by 15 pretty young girls doing nothing but chatting to eachother and standing about trying to look useful. I prefer Argos. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 7

6:32pm Wed 9 Apr 14

GAHmusic says...

Remember if you are offered this in a pub or street corner don't buy it, it's crap and the crook will want too much :-)
Remember if you are offered this in a pub or street corner don't buy it, it's crap and the crook will want too much :-) GAHmusic
  • Score: 0

10:04am Thu 10 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

I walked past this store last night. All the lights were on in the window displays, with vast quantities of both the Pandora stuff and the tat in the other side of the shop sitting inches behind a single piece of plate glass as ever. Word on the street is that the robbers were inside for less than five minutes, and the 'value' of the stuff they took was over £100K. I bet the trade price is less than £10K, otherwise you would think a company with a value of 6.6BN Euro might have spent the money on decent shutters. Clearly their stuff has such a low replacement value it is cheaper to pay the increased premium after a claim!
I walked past this store last night. All the lights were on in the window displays, with vast quantities of both the Pandora stuff and the tat in the other side of the shop sitting inches behind a single piece of plate glass as ever. Word on the street is that the robbers were inside for less than five minutes, and the 'value' of the stuff they took was over £100K. I bet the trade price is less than £10K, otherwise you would think a company with a value of 6.6BN Euro might have spent the money on decent shutters. Clearly their stuff has such a low replacement value it is cheaper to pay the increased premium after a claim! speedy231278
  • Score: 2

10:58am Thu 10 Apr 14

steve.in.sydney says...

blackdog1 wrote:
What is it with these sad people all posting comments on here slagging off the shop and the Police? For gods sake some scumbags have stolen property, how about slagging off them instead! I really do wonder why a lot of people are just so nasty!
Ok blackdog1, I'll bite. The reason that so many sad people are slagging off this shop and police is painfully transparent.
Pandora "jewellery" is a worldwide phenomenon, and their marketing is absolutely brilliant. They sell absolute tat to poor dumb people who work hard and save good money to purchase this rubbish for their loved ones gifts.
Yes, the scumbags who broke into this store are reprehensible, however, to quote you - the sad people posting comments on this site - do so purely to express their outrage at this damned awful product.
The police, poor sods, are caught in the middle. Of course they have to investigate. We'd be in a fine old pickle if they could pick and choose.
People aren't necessarily nasty blackdog1, they've just had enough of fairground tat being passed off as jewellery.
[quote][p][bold]blackdog1[/bold] wrote: What is it with these sad people all posting comments on here slagging off the shop and the Police? For gods sake some scumbags have stolen property, how about slagging off them instead! I really do wonder why a lot of people are just so nasty![/p][/quote]Ok blackdog1, I'll bite. The reason that so many sad people are slagging off this shop and police is painfully transparent. Pandora "jewellery" is a worldwide phenomenon, and their marketing is absolutely brilliant. They sell absolute tat to poor dumb people who work hard and save good money to purchase this rubbish for their loved ones gifts. Yes, the scumbags who broke into this store are reprehensible, however, to quote you - the sad people posting comments on this site - do so purely to express their outrage at this damned awful product. The police, poor sods, are caught in the middle. Of course they have to investigate. We'd be in a fine old pickle if they could pick and choose. People aren't necessarily nasty blackdog1, they've just had enough of fairground tat being passed off as jewellery. steve.in.sydney
  • Score: 2

11:39pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Dr Martin says...

billy bumble wrote:
Thousands of pounds retail value

Intrinsic value? - about a tenner

Pandora stuff is one of the biggest cons out - utter rubbish at huge prices
"If" it was one of the "biggest cons out" I am sure Pandora would not be the the success it is 1 billion euro (approx) in worldwide sales in 2013
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: Thousands of pounds retail value Intrinsic value? - about a tenner Pandora stuff is one of the biggest cons out - utter rubbish at huge prices[/p][/quote]"If" it was one of the "biggest cons out" I am sure Pandora would not be the the success it is 1 billion euro (approx) in worldwide sales in 2013 Dr Martin
  • Score: 1

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