Hadspen man denies stealing $200,000 of antique jewellery

DIAMOND HEIST: Antique jewellery was recovered by Tasmania Police detectives investigating a burglary at the Albert Hall in Launceston, where the Tasmanian Antiques Fair was being held. Picture: Melissa Mobbs
DIAMOND HEIST: Antique jewellery was recovered by Tasmania Police detectives investigating a burglary at the Albert Hall in Launceston, where the Tasmanian Antiques Fair was being held. Picture: Melissa Mobbs

A Hadspen man has denied stealing $200,000 of antique diamond rings and gold bracelets.

Joshua Luke Saunders appeared in the Launceston Magistrates Court on Thursday, charged with burglary and stealing after he was arrested in relation to a break-in at the Albert Hall in the early hours of Monday.

There is a significant amount of antique diamond rings and men’s (gold) bracelets still outstanding.

Detective Sergeant Peter Roberts

Police allege the 28-year-old broke into the hall where the Tasmanian Antiques Fair was being held and stole  jewellery from two businesses who had set up at the venue.

Mr Saunders pleaded not guilty and was committed to the Supreme Court for trial on September 4 at 10am.

Tasmania Police Detective Sergeant Peter Roberts said about $10,000 of the stolen jewellery had been recovered, with about 60 to 70 pieces taken during the alleged burglary.

“There is a significant amount of antique diamond rings and men’s (gold) bracelets still outstanding,” Detective Sergeant Roberts said.

“We simply ask any member of the public who may come across these or is offered them for sale or finds them on Gumtree to alert police and we will follow it up.”

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.