Bed delivery man stole our bracelet, family claim
POLICE are investigating allegations that a Bensons for Beds delivery man stole a family heirloom from a customer after asking to use their toilet.
Ian Nolan, from Litherland, said while his wife was signing off on the delivery of their new £2,500 bed, the younger of the two delivery men who had brought it into their house asked to use their upstairs bathroom.
Mr Nolan, 51, said that after the delivery men left an 18 carat bracelet which has been in his family for over 100 years, and which had been in his and his wife’s bedroom, had gone missing.
The gold bracelet is a family heirloom that Mr Nolan has had since it was passed to him by his grandfather In 1994.
Mr Nolan said: “It is a special piece of jewellery that was only worn on special occasions. It’s upsetting because it’s probably gone now and it’s irreplaceable.”
Mrs Nolan said she gave permission to the worker to use the toilet based on trust and after a ‘frantic search’ realised the bracelet was missing 15 minutes after they left.
She said: “The only hope we had is that they were rumbled as soon as they got back to the depot but that hasn’t happened. The bracelet has probably been sold, we’ll probably never see it again, who knows where it is? I just this matter further and have put the police in touch with the employment agency so they can pursue their investigation.
“We take allegations of this nature extremely seriously and apologise for any distress that this incident has caused to Mr and Mrs Nolan.”
Merseyside Police said: “A report was received at 2.25pm that an 18ct gold man’s bracelet had been taken from a house in Hythe Avenue.
“Inquiries into this matter are ongoing and inquiries are being made with local jewellery shops and pawnbrokers.”
Community Inspector Ian Jones said: “The bracelet stolen has a great deal of sentimental value, which has understandably caused distress to the owners.
“I want to appeal to local jewellery shops or pawnbrokers, or any member of the public, if they have been offered a similar item for sale to get in touch and let us know so we can reunite them with their rightful owner.”
Merseyside Police added: “Anyone with information is asked to contact our social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC.
‘‘You can also call 101 quoting incident ref. 18200097473 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppersuk.org/give-information/ give-information.”
Ian Nolan sporting the bracelet which he said went missing after a delivery man asked to use the toilet feel that we’ve been totally fobbed off by basically everybody.”
Mr Nolan added: “We both didn’t sleep that night, purely due to being so upset and angered by this situation. I feel let down by everyone, to be told no prints would be taken, to be told that we’re not insured because we invited the delivery man into our home and waiting to hear from Bensons is a disgrace in my opinion.”
Ironically, Mr Nolan even received a message from Bensons four days after the delivery asking him to rate the service to win a prize.
He said: “It’s a joke, maybe I’ll win a gold bracelet.”
Bensons for Beds said the employee in question was subcontracted and has been suspended after an internal investigation.
A company spokesperson said: “Since learning about the incident we have conducted an internal investigation and can confirm that the individual who accessed the upstairs of the customer’s property was a freelance employee hired through an employment agency.
“We have since suspended the individual’s contract whilst we review