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Brent Police return stolen jewellery worth £25,000 returned to burglary victim
Brent Police have reunited a burglary victim with her stolen jewellery eight months after it was stolen.
The police recovered a large amount of gold jewellery in Wembley in June after being alerted by the owner of a jewellery shop that a man had tried to sell it to them.
The man was arrested for handling stolen goods and an appeal was put out to trace the owner but nobody came forward.
Eventually the arrested man was processed for immigration offences and deported to India.
Then, in November, a 41-year-old Kent woman visited the shop looking for her gold having heard that the police had seized it.
She was told to visit Wembley police station where she was able to identify her jewellery.
Acting Detective Sergeant Amar Patel said: “I am really pleased that the jewellery has been restored to its owner.
“The jewellery was photographed when it was seized by police and adverts had been placed on Twitter, the MPS website and local Tamil radio and TV channels, appealing for the owner to come forward.
“It was because of this advertising that the victim has been reunited with her jewellery.
“The victim told me that most of the items were in fact wedding gifts given to her by her parents, and they had a huge sentimental value.
“She also went on to say that had she not recovered the jewellery, she would have been almost £25,000 out of pocket.”
The victim, who has not been named, said: “When I realised my jewellery had been stolen I was really, really worried I would never get it back.
“When I got my jewellery back, I was so happy.
“Most of the stuff was given to me when I got married and was worth a lot of money.
“I am really please with the way I was treated and hope that the police provide this level of service to the general public.”