A RARE and distinctive watch was among items stolen in a burglary in Hindlip, near Droitwich Spa.

Entry was forced to the property in Hurst Lane via a rear stable door between 7.45am and 5.45pm on Friday, August 23.

Items taken included a laptop computer, a £10 gift voucher, a bottle of champagne worth £50, and a watch worth £500. The watch, made by Swiss watchmaker Maurice Lacroix, was bought in 2005 and that model, LC1048, is no longer made.

It is possibly linked to two other burglaries in the Worcester area in which jewellery has been stolen.

One happened in Evesham Road, Egdon, Worcester, between 2pm and 4.15pm that same afternoon, in which a patio window was smashed.

Items taken from that property including a watch by Swiss watchmaker Marvin, worth £1,200, which was engraved on the rear, a ring with a diamond floral cluster in the centre, worth £1,000, a sapphire ring, worth £150, a pair of cuff links, worth £25, a white gold chain with a diamond cross worth £400, a yellow gold locket and chain worth £200, and a further locket with flowers on it, worth £100, along with a silver Fuji camera in a black case worth £150.

The other was in Worcester Road, Drakes Broughton, and was discovered on the evening of Thursday, August 22, but could have happened anytime from Thursday, August 15.

The kitchen window had been forced open and items taken included a knot antique gold ring, an engagement ring with three diamonds, a diamond solitaire engagement ring, a further antique gold band ring, a gold ring with rubies and pearls which was broken, two matching bone and knot necklaces made of rose antique gold, a silver Pandora necklace, a gold trumpet charm, six pairs of earrings, two silver bangles, a gold watch, and a further Rotary ladies gold watch – police do not have values for these items.

West Mercia Police has an ongoing initiative, Citadel, to reduce burglaries across the force area. Crime prevention advice is available on the force’s website at westmercia.police.uk Witnesses or anyone with information about the burglaries, including anyone who sees the stolen items offered for sale, are asked to contact Detective Constable Kelly Browning or DC Ian Wight at West Mercia Police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 607-s-230813 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.