December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
A reward of £200 has been offered to anyone with information after a “priceless” watch was stolen from a couple’s bedroom.
Michael Pearce was about to go out to the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange when he discovered the watch he had been given for 25 years of service at Bernard Matthews was missing.
The mill-hand, who has now worked at Bernard Matthews for nearly 35 years, had been given the men’s Tissot yellow gold wristwatch in 2004.
It was engraved with his name and the years of service for the company.
The watch had been kept in a built-in wardrobe bedroom at his Lancaster Avenue home in Fakenham, together with a gold bracelet which has also gone missing.
Mr Pearce, 64, who works at Bawsey Mill and is set to retire from Bernard Matthews at the end of February, is offering the reward in the hope someone will come forward.
His wife Glynis, 61, who works at the Linda McCartney factory in Fakenham, said: “It was a very special watch, Michael is devastated.
“It’s priceless because of the sentimental value. When you get something like that for 25 years’ service, it’s worth a great deal to you.”
Mrs Pearce said they discovered the theft on September 29 and that the last time her husband had seen the watch was before the end of August.
“We had tickets to go to the Corn Exchange in King’s Lynn. He was going to wear a gold bracelet which was stolen as well. He picked the box up and realised it wasn’t rattling - when he opened it, it was empty.
“The watch was in a box underneath. He looked in it and the watch had also gone. They were the only items missing and we hadn’t had a break-in.
“We don’t know what happened or how they were taken,” said Mrs Pearce.
The watch features a link strap and a folding clasp. The reward will be given for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender(s) and return of the stolen property.
Anyone with information is asked to call PC Courtney Reid at Fakenham Police Station on 101.