Passers-by take jewellery after man allegedly burgles North East store


A number of passers-by took jewellery from the scene after a man allegedly burgled a North East store before being detained by staff and customers.

Officers were called to reports of an altercation outside of Gold Factors jewellers on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough at around 3.45pm.

As they arrived a man had been detained by staff and customers from the jewellers and from nearby stores after allegedly stealing a large quantity of gold and silver jewellery.

A 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and he remains in police custody to be questioned.

Most of the jewellery was retrieved at the scene, however, some items were taken from passing members of the public who then left the scene.

Police are appealing for those items to be returned.

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A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: “Initial enquiries have revealed that a number of people who were in the area at the time were filming the alleged incident and we ask them to kindly upload any footage which could assist on-going enquiries.

“Footage can be submitted - anonymously if preferred - to:

People can hand items in to Property Store at Middlehaven Police Office, Bridge Street West, Middlesbrough.

Anyone else with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on the 101 number quoting ref 217166.

If you don’t want to speak to police, you can pass information anonymously to or phone 0800 555 111

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