Smash and grab thieves steal celeb stylist's wedding ring
A celebrity hairdresser has told of her ordeal after thieves stole her diamond-clad wedding ring and smashed her car window while she went on her daily walk.
Brenda Shankey, who runs the award-winning salon group Jason Shankey with her husband, parked her Mini in the car park of Crawfordsburn Country Park around 8pm on Monday.
The 44-year-old from Belfast put her handbag in the boot of her car under some shopping bags before she went for a walk along the beach.
"I thought it was quite well hidden," she said.
But when she returned an hour later, the back window of her car was smashed and her handbag, which contained her wedding ring, was gone.
She now believes that she was targeted by someone who watched her while she got ready for her walk.
Mrs Shankey said: "In the Mini, the window in the back is quite high up. You'd need to be tall and have a good arm to go in and grab it. They've obviously maybe been watching a little bit."
She had been out shopping for the new school term with her daughter earlier in the day and she had left around £100 cash in her purse. Her white Zara handbag also contained credit cards, her driving licence and her white gold wedding ring.
She said: "I was doing kettlebell class the other day and my wedding band annoys me when I'm doing kettlebells so I'd taken it off and put it in my handbag."
Mrs Shankey bought the Bulgari ring with 10 diamonds in Dubai and estimates it to be worth around £1,000.
Despite the shock, Mrs Shankey is relieved that no one was hurt during the incident.
She said: "It's just the inconvenience more than anything. Today I can't leave the house and I can't go to work.
"You've got to do all the insurance calls and the windscreen repair can't be done until Saturday.
"It's little inconveniences like that but my view of life is at least I'm OK and no one is hurt. I value people more than things. My things can be replaced."
Mrs Shankey said police have found several fingerprints on the car and she hopes that the thieves can be found.
Police appealed for anyone with any information to contact them in Bangor Police Station on 101.