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13 December 2016, 12:15 | Updated: 13 December 2016, 12:21
Police in Hampshire are appealing for information after more than £160,000 worth of wildlife paintings were stolen in a burglary at Marwell Zoo.
Burglars broke into the gift shop of the Zoo based in, Owslebury, near sometime between 6pm on Thursday, December 8 and 8.30am on Friday, December 9.
They stole 10 paintings and a pencil sketch by the Zoo’s artist in residence Pip McGarry who is a renowned wildlife artist and has a gallery there. The paintings are valued at £164,000 with one entitled ‘Young Snow Leopard’ being valued on its own at £34,000.
Detective Constable Alex Hall who is investigating the crime said: “I am appealing for anyone who knows the whereabouts of these valuable works of art to contact me.
“These paintings represent a considerable amount of work for the artist who is devastated by their loss.
“Additionally the sale of these paintings would have benefited the zoo as a proportion of any sale is donated to them”.
Anyone with information about the burglary or where the paintings may be is asked to call DC Hall in the Northern Investigation Team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.