A number of family heirlooms worth thousands of pounds have been stolen whilst the owners were moving house.
According to Bedfordshire Police, five items worth almost £20,000 were taken during a house move. The victims only noticed that the valuables were missing when they started to unpack their belongings.
The missing treasures comprised of two gilded bronze figures of ladies which are said to be worth £12,000; two silver knights valued at £4,000 and a sterling silver box estimated at £2,500. Police think opportunist thieves were responsible for the theft as some of the items were keep in boxes in storage.
When the remaining belongings arrived at the new property, the box containing the valuable precious heirlooms was lost.
PC Paulette Savage, of Bedfordshire Police, said in a statement: “We believe that due to a long driveway, opportunist thieves may have passed by when the removal firm were carrying goods in, and taken their chance to steal a number of items from the van. Unfortunately, this wasn’t discovered for some time afterwards.”
Anyone with information about the crime is being asked to contact the police on 01234 846960 or alternatively, contact Crimestoppers at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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