£1m Burglary - 'Substantial Reward' On Offer
1 August 2018, 10:21 | Updated: 1 August 2018, 10:54
4 thieves have stolen more than a million pounds worth of jewellery and antiques from a home in The Cotswolds.
Police think the suspects climbed a 7 foot high wall to get into the grounds of Glebe House in Bibury in broad daylight on 9th July, between 5pm and 8pm,
They used log baskets to carry stolen items across the garden. Police think they then go into a grey or silver Audi S5 before speeding off towards Cirencester.
The victims are now offering a reward.
Professor Sir Christopher Evans, an internationally renowned life sciences entrepreneur, said: "On behalf of my family I am offering a substantial reward for information that will lead to the conviction of these thieves.
"It is a sign of the times that people have the audacity to scale a perimeter wall in broad daylight and walk across open grounds to steal from someone's home.
"We've lived in Bibury for many years and have never encountered anything like this before. Of course, there is always a financial loss when something happens like this, but the real pain comes from what these stolen items mean and symbolise in our lives.
"The burglary has had a particularly devastating effect on my wife Anne as many of the pieces of jewellery, silver and ceramics have huge sentimental value for us both. For example, Anne's engagement ring, her late father's signet ring - the only thing she has left of him. Then there is an irreplaceable rose Ramsden and Carr rose bowl - dated London 1901 - and a diamond ring I bought my wife when our first child was born - which cost almost our entire savings at that point.
"There are many small value and large items that have been stolen but they all have the same emotional and sentimental impact.
"In addition to the CCTV cameras, which recorded the footage released today, we also have 30 wireless wildlife cameras in our grounds which record sound, vision and movement.
"We have always taken security around the property very seriously and have obviously stepped up security with 24-hour dog patrols around the property.
"Anyone with information can ring the police on 101, quote incident number 595, crime number 19555/18. All of this can be done anonymously, no questions asked, and we are also offering a substantial cash reward for information that leads to a conviction. These thieves are dangerous, brazen, professional risktakers, and the next time somebody could be seriously hurt or worse."
Detective Constable Faye Satchwell-Bennett, who is investigating the burglary, said: "We are trying to identify the offenders and ask that members of the public watch the CCTV footage and think back to that day.
"Do you know who these people are? Did you see a silver or grey vehicle driving at speed through Bibury between these times or anything suspicious that may help with our investigation?
"As with any other burglary this has had a marked impact on the victims and we are asking that anyone with information comes forward by calling Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101 and quoting incident number 595 of 9 July."
They are also asking that antiques dealers are on the lookout for items stolen in the burglary which match the following descriptions:
- Diamond solitaire ring, pear shaped, 5.17cts, D flawless, claw set, 18ct white gold, shoulders set with tapered row of radiant cut diamond. Signed Boodle and Dunthorne.
- Platinum and white gold diamond line bracelet, Cartier, French, 39 step cut diamonds, signed and numbered 634326.
- Elizabeth Gage, 18ct yellow gold brooch, carved green beryl of The Green Man, rock crystal intaglio of a snowflake below, 2 pearls either side of a gold myrtle leaf motif. Unique piece.
- Emerald and diamond brooch/pendant by Asprey, circa 1920, of giordinetto design, centre step cut emerald, border its baguette and brilliant cut diamonds in the shale of a flower basket
- Gold , diamond and sapphire tiara, late 19th century, designed as a wreath of laurel leaves, fitted case by C. Roccheggiani, Manufacture de Mosaiques, Rue Condotti, Roma..
- Gold and amethyst choker by Ilias Lalaounis.
- Four George III silver candlesticks, Daniel Margot, based on a design by Paul de Lamerie, makers mark TH, a pellet between, struck twice on base of each candlestick. Cast and chased opposing make and female caryatids.
- Three Art Nouveau silver rose bowls, Omar Ramsden, Alwyn Carr, London 1901, embossed inscription, 'Flowers are the playthings fair left by angels long ago'. Signed underneath, Ramsden and Carr made me in the year 1902.