The owner of an Epsom High Street pawnbroker that lost £35,000 in a theft last week has spoken of her shock.

JF Daughters was targeted by thieves who stole a large quantity of gold at about 2pm on Thursday, January 4.

Juliette Bailey, the owner, said: “As a local family-run business, we are in deep shock at the theft that has cost us £35,000. We work very closely with the Met and the local police to ensure that we run our business in the correct manner.

“We don’t buy stolen goods and we don’t expect to be stolen from. We support our customers 100 per cent and we at JFD are locally known as the nicest pawnbrokers some people have ever dealt with.”

JF Daughters is offering a reward of £1,000 to the person who provides information that leads to the culprits’ arrest.

Ms Bailey said: “This has hit us hard financially, which will obviously have a big effect on the community projects that we support throughout the year.

“It will take a while for myself and my team to recover, not only financially but also emotionally. On that note I’d like to reassure our customers that we will continue to smile during this upsetting situation and it’s business as usual.”

Surrey Police want to identify three people regarding the incident.

The first man is described as eastern European, around 5ft 8in, of heavy build with short black hair and facial hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a grey fleece and a T-shirt.

The second man is described as eastern European, around 5ft 9in, of large build with black hair. He was wearing black suede slip-on shoes.

A woman is described as eastern European, around 5ft 2in with black hair in a bun or loose ponytail. She was wearing a long black skirt, a jumper and a mid-length black cardigan. She was also carrying a dark coloured shopping bag.

Anyone who was in the shop at about 2pm, or has any information, is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference PR/45180001522, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.