UPDATE: Jeweller counts the costs of theft

UPDATE, WEDNESDAY: COMPILING a list of stolen items was the last thing Harvey's Jewellers employees expected to be doing this week.

It was one of at least four businesses in Grafton and South Grafton targeted by thieves on the weekend, in incidents which police are now investigating.   Owner Des Harvey said a staff member arrived at work on 7.30am on Monday to find the lock on the glass sliding door had been forced open.    It soon became clear that a number of items were missing from inside the shop.    While an exact list is still being compiled, it is understood necklaces, earrings and 20 to 30 men's and women's watches were stolen.    Mr Harvey said the news was very disappointing.   "It's just unfortunate that it does happen," he said.   "We would like to think it doesn't but it's apparently part of the world these days. We're disappointed and we're working our way through a full stocktake."   Coffs/Clarence duty officer Inspector Tony Milner urged people to in the community to keep their eyes peeled for any suspicious activity.    "There's obviously someone active in the area and police are seeking assistance from any member of the public who may be able to help," he said.    "The crime scenes have been analysed and anyone with information about the (stolen) items circulating in the community are encouraged to call us."   Anyone with information can phone Grafton police on 6642 0222 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.  

EARLIER: Police are investigating the theft of jewellery, cash and a suitcase from businesses in Grafton and South Grafton over the weekend.

Employees at three different businesses, including Harvey's Jewellers and an accounting firm on Fitzroy St arrived at work to find their buildings had been broken into.

Police said the jewellers was broken into between 1.15pm on Saturday and 7.30am Monday, when employees noticed the glass sliding door was ajar.

While an exact list of the missing items is being compiled, it is understood necklaces, earrings and 20 to 30 men's and women's watches were stolen.

At the accounting firm, believed to be Kennedy Saunders Financial Planning, a lock was forced on the ground flood front door between 4.30pm on Friday and 8.16am Monday.

A grey suitcase and $50 worth of cash was missing from the premises.

Cash was also stolen from a business on Spring St, South Grafton, between 6pm on Sunday and 5am on Monday. Entry was gained through a window, which was jimmied open, and police said some documents had been rifled through.

A fourth business, a smash repairer in South Grafton, also reported an attempted break and enter.



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