Investigating officer DC Steve Harrington of Honiton CID told ATG that two offenders dressed in boiler suits and wearing balaclavas forced the front door of The Silver Street Saleroom.
Having cut a hole in the inner metal security cage, one man stood lookout outside while the other “slithered along the floor like a snake” to avoid the motion sensors. He stole items from the display cabinets and also forced the interior safe to steal the contents. While CCTV shows the offence, the alarm did not activate.
Descriptions and images of the stolen items are available from Honiton CID. A total of 136 lots are thought to have been taken, mostly silver, gold coins, jewellery and watches scheduled for sale on Saturday, December 5. The sale was postponed and held a week later on December 12.
Among the items stolen during the raid was this Victorian silver matched three-piece teaset with a teapot and cream jug by Joseph Angel (London, 1853) and a sugar bowl by John James Keith (London, 1839).
Any readers with information should contact DC Harrington on 01404 548641 quoting crime reference number CR/083555/15.