A precious watch belonging to a Second World War veteran was snatched when a burglary duo smashed their way into a house.
The distinctive Garrard gold watch, which belonged to the late Hugh Fuller, was stolen from his son-in-law’s home last Wednesday.
It was stored inside a safe at the West Grove house in Bedford, which was forced off the wall by the crooks. They also took passports and jewellery purchased from around the world including garnets from the Czech Republic.
The watch was given to Mr Fuller, who was a ships radio officer in the Royal Merchant Navy, for long service with aerospace firm BAE. He was part of the team that built Concorde.
The watch is engraved on the back with the inscription ‘HJM Fuller BA 31 years’ service’.
Son-in-law Mark Peacock said: “It is a bit of an icon of someone who worked at the cutting edge when Britain’s industry was truely great.”
Two men, who smashed a window to get into the home at around 9am, were spotted by a neighbour leaving the property.
They are both described as white and aged in their late 20s. The first is around 5ft 10in, skinny with pale skin and pointy features. He has a distinctive piercing on the bridge of his nose and was wearing a dark hooded top and grey trousers.
His accomplice is around 5ft 7in, of average build, wearing a dark hooded top and carrying two dark holdalls.
Det Con Jason Wheeler said: “The watch is of great sentimental value and is very distinctive. I would like to speak to anyone who may have been offered it for sale or knows of its whereabouts.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police are warning householders to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour following an increase in daytime burglaries.