Burglars made off with a large cache of Doulton figures and silver in a sophisticated raid on Bagham Barn Antiques of Chilham, Kent last month.
The break-in took place just after midnight on March 14. Thieves
climbed a ladder at the side of the Grade ll listed 17th century
barn, meticulously removed eight panes of glass from the small
window, disarmed the alarm, cut out the heavy iron bars and slid
through the opening.
They removed 83 Royal Doulton figures (including a number of
rare issues), 32 Royal Crown Derby animal paperweights and 58
pieces of silver including vinaigrettes, scent bottles and vesta
A heavy gent's gold ring incorporating seven diamonds was also
taken by thieves who fled across an open field to the A28, where
their vehicle waited.
The centre still hold numbered certificates for some of the
Doulton limited edition figures and images of several prototype
figures and the rare Deco figure Scotties.
Anyone with information relating to the theft should contact
Kent Police. The case number is FY/300808 and the investigating
officer detective sergeant Mark Buck.