POLICE have praised a member of the public for being public spirited after they handed in thousands of pounds of stolen jewellery.
A holdall full of watches, rings and necklaces was discovered in a garden in South Ockendon. It was hidden in some shrubbery and found by the home owner at just after 1200 on Sunday, May 18.
DI Paul Lopez, of the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “The holdall contained items taken from Ernest Jones at Lakeside during an aggravated burglary which happened in the early hours of Saturday, April 12. The jewellery has been returned to the store and the member of the public has been thanked for his public spiritedness. The jewellery that was found is thought to be worth around half a million pounds.”
Eight men have been charged with aggravated burglary and are due to appear before Basildon Crown Court on July 14.