John Nicholson has issued a warning to fellow auctioneers after what he dubbed a “bold and cunning” theft from his Fernhurst saleroom in Sussex on April 1.
CCTV images showed a gang thought to be of
East European origin, possibly a family, walk out with a Louis XVI
clock hidden in a bag.
"This clock weighed a considerable amount
and we thought would have been extremely awkward to smuggle out. It
proves this was not the case, and also shows what can be achieved
with a little distraction and a large shoulder bag," said Mr
"This is a warning to our fellow auctioneers - 'be observant, be
vigilant', because these people are as bold and cunning as they
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