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Thieves steal cuddly toys worth thousands

Whitby police are appealing for information following the theft of around £2,000 worth of collectable soft toys.

A 2014 Jubilee bear was among the stolen toys Credit: North Yorkshire Police

On the night of Friday 21 March 2014, Whitby Glass on Sandgate was broken into and 18, high-value Steiff teddies, cats, dogs, rabbits and lambs were stolen, including a rare teddy called 2014 Jubilee bear.

CCTV shows the suspects – two men and a woman – walking along Sandgate in the direction of the swing bridge at around 11.20pm.The two men are then seen to break the window of the shop while the woman stood on the opposite side of the road.

Police officers are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time on Friday night and believes they may have seen the suspects, or has any other information which could help the investigation, to contact them.

One of the men was wearing a top which was light-coloured on the body and dark-coloured across the shoulders and arms.

The woman was carrying an orange bag which was used to carry the stolen items from the scene.

PC Mark Hawes of Whitby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Due to the number of people in the area at the time of this break-in, I am hopeful that someone may have seen the suspects but not realised what they were up to at the time.

“I am therefore appealing to anyone who was in the area to contact the police. Don’t worry about how insignificant you think your information is, it could be very important to our investigation.

“The Steiff toys have individual item numbers and if you are offered one for sale and have concerns, please contact Whitby Police or Whitby Glass, who will be able to check the numbers against the stolen items.

“I also urge anyone who is offered a Steiff item for sale under suspicious circumstances to please call the police.”