Re-appeal for witnesses to high value burglary – Oxford
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Thames Valley Police is re-appealing for information following a high value burglary in Oxford.
At around 11pm on Saturday (14/3) Christ Church Picture Gallery in St Aldates was broken in to.
Three high value paintings were stolen during the burglary, no-one was injured.
Salvator Rosa, 'A Rocky Coast, with Soldiers Studying a Plan,' late 1640s.
Antony Van Dyck, 'A Soldier on Horseback,' c. 1616.
Annibale Carracci, 'A Boy Drinking,' c. 1580.
A line of enquiry officers are pursuing is that the offenders could have used a boat as a vehicle to access and leave the site.
Investigating officer Detective Inspector James Mather, based at St Aldates police station, said: “We are thoroughly investigating this burglary and we would like the public’s help to get as much information as possible.
“This is just a hypothesis at this time, but we would like to hear from anyone who has had their boat stolen recently or has noticed any unusual activity around where their boats are docked.
“We are initially asking people with boats based on the River Cherwell or the River Thames near Oxford to get in touch if you have noticed any unusual activity.
“If you saw anything unusual on these rivers on Saturday night, we would also ask you to get in touch.
“Also, please make a report if you find any abandoned boats which have appeared since the early hours of Sunday morning.
“We are asking anyone with any information about the burglary to get in touch.
“The paintings date back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and although they have not yet been recovered we are working hard to find them and bring those responsible to justice.
“If you have any information which could help, please contact the non-emergency number on 101 or make a report online quoting the reference 43200087031.
“If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Salvator Rosa, 'A Rocky Coast, with Soldiers Studying a Plan,'
Antony Van Dyck, 'A Soldier on Horseback,'
Annibale Carracci, 'A Boy Drinking,'