VALUABLE jewellery including a King George V silver jubilee medal was stolen by thieves just hours after the owner bought it at a South Derbyshire auction house.
In addition to the medal, which dates back to 1935, the collection also includes an assortment of gemstone pendants, necklaces, an art deco brooch, gemstone earrings and a large collection of costume jewellery.
The lot, which was in two bags, was taken at around 6pm on June 19, but Derbyshire Police have only just released information in the hope that the items can be identified and returned to their owner.
The items were taken when thieves smashed one of the windows of a Nissan Qashqai, which was parked in a car park off Heage Lane, Etwall and grabbed the items, which had been bought at Hansons Auctioneers, also in Heage Lane, on the same day before fleeing the scene.
Police are now appeaking for any members of the public who might have come across the unique items at antique fairs or car boot sales to come forward. Photographs of the items have also been released in the hope that it makes them eaiser for collectors to identify.
They are also keen to establish whether the owner of a car parked at a nearby pub at the time of the theft had any involvement in the jewellery being taken.
A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “We want to hear from anyone with information on the theft. Officers also want to trace the driver of a blue Citroen Picasso that was parked in the car park of the Seven Wells pub.”
Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact PC Lucy Kerry on the non-emergency 101 number, quoting crime reference 25482/14.
Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.