Ramraiders have stolen more than 50 silver and jewellery items worth up to £20,000 from an auction house in Worcestershire.
In the early hours of Sunday, May 13,
they used chains to rip double-steel gates "like a prison cell" off
a strongroom at The Auction Company Broadway ahead of the firm's
May 19 sale.
Auctioneer Andrew Granger said: "We've
put a page on the website with pictures of all the stolen goods and
just amended the sale-day catalogue online to saying 'stolen' for
those items, but left the description there - everything is on the
website, so at least everyone knows about it.
"While we're down on silver we have
lots of other good ones. It won't stop it."
Mr Granger added: "It's the first time
we've been targeted. We had a preview evening last Friday when
everything was out and I'm pretty sure they just came for a look.
It is extremely aggravating because it takes a lot of time and
effort to put these things together, then it's all catalogued, but
apart from that when the vendors put things in they don't expect
them to be nicked do they?"