Police investigate £10,000 antiques raids
4:56pm 3rd August 2011
Detectives are investigating after a haul valuable antiques were stolen in three separate burglaries in the Scarborough and Ryedale area.
Officers believe the raids, which took place over two days at the end of July in Hovingham, Marishes and Aislaby, are linked.
The total value of all the items stolen is believed to be in excess of £10,000.
An early 19th century Regency burr-elm drum table was stolen from a private residence in Hovingham, along with various other distinctive items, on Tuesday 26th July 2011.
Offenders broke into the house sometime between 8.30am and 11.35am, through French doors at the rear of the property and took the table, a Jaeger-LeCoultre clock in glass and gilt brass, a Bouillotte lamp and several pieces from a dinner service which had been uniquely produced for the owner.
Later that day a collection of Border Fine Arts ornaments were taken when a farmhouse near Marishes was burgled sometime between 11.45am and 2.30pm.
On Wednesday 27th July 2011 an isolated cottage in Aislaby, near Whitby, was targeted by offenders, who made off with a number of distinctive pieces of silver cutlery and a silver commemorative York Minster goblet – which depicts workman restoring the building in 1972.
Police are appealing for the public, auctioneers and antique dealers to help them locate the stolen property and reunite the items with their rightful owners.
Detective Constable Adam Normanton, of Scarborough and Ryedale CID, said:
“I believe that the three offences have been committed by the same offenders.
“It is quite unusual to have such identifiable personal property stolen and it gives me some hope that members of the public may recognise the pieces and lead us to the people responsible.
“The burglaries have caused a great deal of distress to the victims and I am urging people to look out for the stolen items if they are attending car boot sales or auction rooms.
“I would also like to appeal to auctioneers and shop owners who may be offered the items for sale to contact the police or Crimestoppers."
Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact DC Adam Normanton, of Scarborough and Ryedale CID, on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110124286.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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