‘Stolen’ watches found by wife

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Embarrassed David Spencer alerted police about raiders stealing 25 antique pocket watches - then his wife found them.

By then, Belper police had alerted second hand dealers and car booters about the collection, as reported in the Belper News.

It includes a watch issued to railway workers and a rare one with a green enamel face.

But three days later they all turned up in a mahogany box as wife Pamela checked the lumber room of their home in Denby.

The couple are replacing windows and Mr Spencer said the house is currently untidy.

The 68-year-old woodworker added:”I could have sworn they were in the wardrobe where I thought they’d been for for 15 or 20 years, the last time I saw them.

“That’s when I lost interest in them.

“Now they’ve turned up I am glad.

“She also found 15 encyclopedias which I had forgotten about.”

Burglars climbed a drainpipe to reach the rear of the home and then broke a patio door.

It is thought they only managed to get away with cheap jewellery.

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said:”We are pleased the watches were not taken.”

The break-in took place on Bank Holiday Monday between 5.30pm and 9pm when the couple nipped out to visit a relative.

Anyone with information is asked to call Derbyshire Police on their non- emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.