POLICE have appealed for information after a gang driving a black Range Rover stole jewellery from a home in Cottisford.
Thames Valley Police say the victim returned to College Farm at 4.10pm on Monday, August 22, to find a black Range Rover with blacked-out windows parked in the entrance of the farm yard.
When challenged, the driver reversed out of the farm and beeped his horn. As he did so, the victim walked into the courtyard and two men ran past carrying a jewellery box and got into the vehicle, which drove off in the direction of the A43.
The thieves stole a brown wooden jewellery box with two glass doors on the top and three drawers below, which contained a gold ring with a large blue diamond surrounded by eight small clear diamonds; a gold engagement ring with one large and two small diamonds; a gold locket; a ruby necklace; a silver-coloured pheasant tie pin and a distinctive silver pocket watch inscribed with ‘To Melvine, Love from Mum’.
The driver of the vehicle was an Asian man, aged between 28 and 32, with black cropped hair. The second man is described as white, Eastern European, aged between 28 and 32, 6ft, of medium build and with mousy brown hair. He was wearing blue jeans and trainers.
There is no description of the third man.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw the vehicle at the property or driving off towards the A43, to contact them.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact PC Duncan Vale at Banbury CID on 0845 505 505 quoting crime reference JF/3892877/11.