No sign of break-in after £53,000 museum theft

A collection of coins, medals and watches worth £53,000 has been stolen from a museum in Derby. A total of 1,000 artefacts went missing from a storage facility used by the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Police say thieves struck between May 2 and June 19. None of the items have been found.

There has been no sign of a break-in at the premises so the possibility that this was carried out with inside knowledge has at this stage not been ruled out. We have circulated details of the stolen items to every police force in the country in the hope that they can be traced.

– Detective Constable Dee Hornblower, Investigating officer