A HIGH value of haul of jewellery worth £2,500 has been stolen from a flat in Greenock.

Police say a thief made off with the items, including precious family heirlooms, after breaking into a property in Jamaica Street.

Officers say the householder has been left distraught.

The collection includes a designer watch, diamond rings, including an engagement ring, wedding band, and baby bangle.

Sergeant Laura Stewart, of Greenock police, said: "Several items of jewellery, all of which were precious family heirlooms, were stolen, which has left the owner devastated.

"Some of the jewellery is quite distinctive and may have been offered for sale locally."

The break-in happened between 5.45 and 5.55pm on Monday September 10.

Police are appealing for witnesses and have issued a description of a suspect.

The suspect is a man, about 5ft 10' tall with short brown hair.

He was wearing a black zipper jacket, black jeans/trousers, black trainers and was carrying a blue 'Tesco' bag for life, with black cord handles, white and black Christmas trees and Rudolph on it.

He was last seen heading towards the main road at about 5.55pm.

If anyone has information they should call 101 quoting incident number 2969 of September 10.