Highly valuable and historically important artefacts have been stolen from a Gloucestershire stately home.
The break-in at Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, near Cheltenham, was carried out “under the cover of darkness” earlier this month.
Police say four offenders forced their way into the exhibition area of the stately home during the early hours of September 8, smashed a display case and stole valuable jewellery and artefacts contained within.
CCTV images showed the thieves were well prepared for the raid, coming armed with a chair, sledgehammer and large bag.
A £10,000 reward has since been offered by the insurer of Sudeley Castle for the return of the items, which were part of the Alice Keppel collection.
What was stolen?
- Circular three-colour gold snuff-box;
- Gold enamel and jewelled presentation snuff box;
- Rectangular cigarette case;
- Rectangular gold snuff box;
- Russian parcel-guilt preserve jar;
- Two Russian silver spirit pots;
- Enamel & rose gold fob watch by Cartier; and
- Gold cigarette case by Faberge.
Detective Superintendent Steve Bean, of Gloucestershire Constabulary, said it is possible the thieves may have been seen leaving the property.
He appealed for anyone with any information to get in touch.