POLICE were in the nick of time to recover a precious collection of over 100 wrist and pocket watches.
Roger Riseborough was delighted when officers reunited him with his set of timepieces, which includes many rare and valuable items.
A thief had pocketed the lot after breaking-in to the pensioner’s Solihull home on March 22.
But less than a day later, detectives found the whole collection during a raid in Bell Lane, Sheldon.
Roger, aged 68, said he had been devastated when he realised the watches had been stolen.
“I’d been away looking after my ill mother. My heart sank when I returned home to find the door open and a real mess in the living room. A lot of time and effort, not to mention money, had gone into the collection and it would have been impossible for me to find them all again.
“I’m forever grateful to the officers; they did a fantastic job and I can’t believe they managed to trace the stolen watches so quickly.”
Last week, police returned the collection - bought at auctions and specialist fairs - to their rightful owner.
A 30-year-old man, wanted in connection with a separate burglary last October, in Balsall Common, has been arrested.
The suspect was charged with four counts of burglary and remanded in custody, he will appear at Solihull Magistrates on April 26.
DC Helen Ainsworth said: “This was a great result and the culmination of extensive behind the scenes enquiries.”