Officers carrying out a fraud investigation at Stuart Porter Antiques in Stamford are asking any small dealers who rented space at the premises to contact them.
The investigation involves assessing a vast
number of exhibits and will take some time to complete.
Detective Sergeant Jen Lovatt said: "We have
been contacted by hundreds of people who are anxious to know if
their property has been recovered. We aim to reunite as many items
as we can with rightful owners but plead for patience in the
meantime as we carry out the complex enquiry".
Any dealers who rented outlet space at the
premises should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101, extension 3360,
and quote incident number 273 of August 30.
Four people locally, a 54-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman, a
30-year-old man and a 33-year-old man, have been arrested in
connection with the investigation. A 58-year-old man and
51-year-old woman were also arrested in the Cleveland area.