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Thefts from galleries, Dartmouth

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Police appeal for witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses any information following reports of thefts from galleries in St Georges Square and Foss Street, Dartmouth.

The incidents were reported to have happened during the day on Friday 7 September during which thousands of pounds worth of art was taken.

Police received reports of a theft from Whitesails of Dartmouth where it was reported that two bronze statues named Toby and Marrise worth £3000 were taken from the gallery.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen these statues, which are described as big and recognisable. 

On the same day, a large antique clock valued at over £1000 was taken was from Simon Drew Gallery. The clock is described an antique blue and white, approximately 2 foot tall. The clocks shows a violin, chess set, teapots and chairs.  

A further report was of the theft of a Hare sculpture from Baxters Gallery. The sculpture is sculpture is described as having gold edges to the ears and highlights on the paws. A painting was also reported stolen from the gallery is described as a painting of a bird with ‘Ronnie’ inscribed on the back. These items are valued at around £500.

PC Phil Johnson said: “We are currently treating these incidents as linked and it’s believed that the locations were targeted. 

“All of the items are unique, rare and recognisable. I’d appeal for anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time to contact police. 

“I’d also urge anyone who has any information about the incidents of the whereabouts of the items to contact police.

Any information can be reported to police by calling 101 or emailing quoting CR/083679/18.

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