Police are releasing images of stolen items from the house of a deceased man.
The man’s son called police after attending his deceased fathers property to move out the furniture and belongings and discovering that some items were missing.
The victim’s father had left a painting of a street scene in Berlin in a void (pictured below), in an upstairs cupboard as well as two boxes ofwith floral design hidden elsewhere (also pictured below), and a clock taken off the wall in a bedroom.
The painting had been purchased some 40 years previously and remained in the family since. The items are believed to have been taken by two men posing as scrap metal removers who were let into the property by a third party tasked with clearing the house of certain items.As mentioned above, these stolen items were hidden out of sight
.PC Kiki Saunders, the investigating officer said: “Having anything stolen from you is a deeply unpleasant experience, but when the things stolen belonged to a departed relative it makes the crime even more despicable as they are irreplaceable in both essence and sentimental value. “We are hoping that anyone who sees such an item for sale or is offered one of the items pictured, or may have already bought one of them will come forward swiftly and let us know.
The victim, who declined to be named said: “This painting has been in the family since my father bought it in Hampstead 40 years ago, and it is of massive personal and sentimental value to me. It is incredibly sad to have something like that taken from you and it can never be replaced.”
Anyone with any information about this crime, or who spots the items in the pictures are asked to contact police on 0300 123 1212 or Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 2406143/11