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Appeal after £100,000 Capodimonte ornaments stolen

The Last Supper
The Last Supper

Police are making a nationwide appeal to antiques dealers after a high-value burglary near Lichfield.

The burglary happened between Thursday 10 March and Saturday 12 March in Little Aston when offenders stole a large number of high value ornaments.

The estimated total value of the items is between £80,000 and £100,000.

Cheats by Bruno Merli
Cheats by Bruno Merli

The stolen ornaments included Capodimonte pieces such as The Last Supper worth £6,000, Cheats by Bruno Merli valued at £1,000, two coach and horses valued at £5,000, Michael Angelo valued at £1,750, Resurrection of Christ valued at £12,000, pieces by Volta and other valuable items.

DC Jamie Harris, investigating officer, said: “The ornaments taken during this burglary are very specialist items. Some of these collectables are very rare and are worth a lot of money so we are understandably keen to reunite them with their rightful owner.

“It is highly likely they will be offered for sale out of Staffordshire and we want to issue a nationwide appeal to dealers of antiques and collectables to keep an eye out for any Capodimonte items being offered for sale under suspicious circumstances.

“If you become aware of any items you believe maybe from this stolen haul, or you have any information about the burglary, please get in touch.”

Michael Angelo
Michael Angelo

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Jamie Harris at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 489 of March 12.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at
www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

​An album of the stolen items is available to view here (around eighty): https://flic.kr/s/aHskxJzsrs

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