Detectives investigating a series of thefts are trying to trace the owners of a haul of gold jewellery worth more than £500,000.
Many of the items are unique Asian gold rings, bracelets, necklaces and watches and are believed to have been stolen from the London area in the last six years.
– Detective Constable Stewart Walker
It’s an impressive haul which had been built up over many years through handbag thefts in the London area.
‘We believe the hoard of gold was intended to be used by the offenders as a pension pot, allowing the criminals to continue to fund their lavish lifestyle for many years to come.
‘We would now like to reunite as many items of jewellery with their rightful owners as possible.’
The pieces of jewellery were seized by officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate under the Proceeds of Crime Act and in total the items have been valued at £510,000 by experts.
Officers investigating the series of thefts are now keen to reunite the items of jewellery with their respective owners.
If you recognise an item of jewellery in the pictures or believe you may have been a victim of a theft of this kind and have proof of ownership of the jewellery items, please contact DC Stewart Walker by calling Kent Police on 101.