POLICE are on the look out for two people following the theft of a pair of 19th century Coalport vases from an antiques centre in Shropshire.
Well dressed and well mannered, it is believed they may target
other antiques shops around the country.
The two people - a man and woman in their mid-20s - entered The
Curio Centre in Shropshire last month and looked around for 30
minutes showing some knowledge of antiques.
Saying they were looking for a gift for an aunt, one of them
distracted staff at the centre by asking to look at an item in a
diamond cabinet, while the other took the vases which are worth
They were caught on the centre's CCTV cameras and drove off in a
brand new blue Ford Focus.
Anyone with information should contact the police on 0300 3333
000, quoting the crime reference number 0212N290709.
Two weeks earlier, The Curio Centre was targeted by the same man
who used a stolen chequebook to buy antiques from at least two
shops in nearby Ludlow.
Reported by ATG last week, the man was also well dressed and
gave a Hagley address when trying to purchase jewellery using a
Barclays business account cheque book (Birmingham, Frederick St
Branch) in the name of Premier Floor Fit Ltd.
Fortunately, The Curio Centre did not accept the payment as he
failed to provide a cheque guarantee card. The police crime
reference number for this incident is 22FD-56473H-09.