Police are casting the net wider in their hunt for a pair of antique thieves who were caught on CCTV as they nabbed a valuable baromometer from a wall in Yorkshire.
Police are hoping a member of the public will recognise the thief who removed the 18th Century ivory barometer from Fairfax House in York.
The item, worth around £150,000, was stolen from the property on the afternoon of Monday 18 May.
A man and a woman were caught on CCTV taking the 3ft barometer and police are appealing nationwide for help in identifying the offenders as it is believed they could no longer be in the
The man is described as white, slim build, aged in his early 30’s, 5ft 9” tall with a dark complexion and dark curly hair. He was wearing a dark coloured jacket and trousers.
The woman is white, of slim build, similar height to the man, with dark, wavy shoulder length hair. She is described as being aged in her early 20’s.
It is thought pair may have visited Kiplin Hall in Richmond, North Yorkshire, a week prior to the theft at Fairfax House.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact York CID on 0845 6060247.Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Stolen Fairfax House barometer valued at £150,000
AN ANTIQUE weather forecasting instrument which was stolen by visitors from a York tourist attraction has now been valued at £150,000.
The ivory and brass-plated barometer – part of Fairfax House’s Noel Terry Collection of English Furniture and Clocks – was stolen from the York Civic Trust-owned museum, in Castlegate, on Monday, May 18.
It is thought that the couple captured on CCTV casually unscrewing the Daniel Quare instrument from the wall may have visited Kiplin Hall in Richmond, North Yorkshire, a week prior to the theft.
Detectives said the pair walked into the museum at about 2.45pm and soon after removed the weather monitor from the wall, with the man then hiding the three-foot long device under his coat.
North Yorkshire Police have issued a appeal nationwide for help in identifying the offenders as it is believed they could no longer be in the area.
The man is described as white, of slim build, aged in his early 30s, 5ft 9ins tall, with a dark complexion and dark curly hair. He was wearing a dark coloured jacket and trousers.
The woman is white, of slim build, in her early 20s, and of a similar height to the man. She has dark, wavy shoulder-length hair.
A “substantial” reward has been offered by Fairfax House’s insurers, Axa, for information leading to the barometer’s safe return.
A spokeswoman for Axa said: “It is our hope that by offering a reward, information will be provided which will lead the authorities to recover the barometer and for it to be put back on display in its rightful home.”
Anyone with information is urged to phone police on 0845 6060247.
Art Hostage Comments:
The usual bull shit put out after an art theft has been thwarted on this occasion.
The Main course will be an art theft of such high magnitude it will rock the establishment and trigger a cross border Police effort.
ICE recovers Egyptian artifacts stolen from a museum in the Netherlands
NEW YORK - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recovered seven artifacts of Egyptian origin that were found at a Manhattan auction house. The cultural heritage items were stolen from the Bijbels Museum in Amsterdam on July 29, 2007 in the middle of the afternoon. Dutch police contacted ICE to assist in the recovery of the artifacts on their behalf.
The investigation received significant help from the Art Loss Register (ALR) of New York, an organization that maintains a database of stolen works of art. The ALR discovered the artifacts at the Manhattan auction house, which turned the artifacts over to the Register and ICE agents.
One of the pieces recovered is a 7-inch-high depiction of a mummy with arms folded over the chest and hoes in each hand. It dates to between 1307 and 1070 B.C. The other recovered artifacts were an bronze figure of Imhotep, artchitect of the first pyramid, and one of Hapokrates, and an Egyptian painted Wood Osiris, all dating as far back as 712 B.C.
"The recovery of these artifacts sends a strong message to thieves that the market to sell stolen antiquities in the United States is freezing up." said Peter J. Smith, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in New York. "ICE is committed to working closely with foreign governments and organizations like the ALR to recover priceless works of art and antiquities so they can be returned to their rightful owners."
ICE, the largest investigative agency of the Department of Homeland Security, handles investigations into cultural artifacts that show up on the world market.
That reminds me, wonder if there has been any enquiries at the art loss register about the stolen Cavalier Van Mieris painting taken from the New South Wales gallery in Sydney ??
Word is from DC the Cavalier could be in play !!