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Pensioner tied up as thieves ransacked his property

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 04, 2013

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DETECTIVES are re-appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

It happened as the victim, an 80-year-old man, was arriving at his Rushton Spencer home at around 8pm on Friday, September 27.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: "He was approached from behind by two men who assaulted him and forced him inside the house where he was restrained whilst they stole a large amount of property.

"A number of other men joined the first two offenders and they spent considerable time selecting antique painting and armoury from the house."

The victim was able to raise the alarm at around 4.40am on Saturday, September 28.

The spokesman added: "Fortunately, he suffered only minor injuries and didn’t require medical treatment. However, he was left extremely shaken by the ordeal."

The offenders also stole a white Mercedes Sprinter van bearing the registration number KM57 TCU. The van remains outstanding.

The items stolen from the house are believed to be worth in the region of £100,000.

It is believed seven to nine male offenders were involved.

DS Rich Baddeley, investigating officer, said: “We believe this incident was targeted and pre-planned and I can reassure residents this type of crime is extremely rare in Staffordshire.

“The offenders assaulted the victim and tied him up whilst they systematically searched his house selecting valuable items. I can only imagine how scared he must have been during this horrific incident.

“A detailed investigation is now underway which includes the examination of forensic evidence from the scene, checks of CCTV and Automatic Number Plate Recognition systems (ANPR) from the locality.

“We believe the specialist items could be offered for sale via auction or specialist dealers and we are contacting as many as possible to make them aware of this incident.

“Anyone with an involvement in this type of property is asked to familiarise themselves with the descriptions below and contact us immediately if they have information or are offered such items for sale.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Baddeley at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 144 of September 28. Alternatively, they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Below is a list of the property stolen:

• original three-quarter suit of armour, brown in colour with armourers mark on the breast plate under neck and halberd to side (17th century German)

• full suit of reproduction black armour

• full suit of reproduction brown armour

• thin suit of armour

• Pikemans armour

• small child size self coloured wooden horse

• black and white breast and back plate armour

• red velvet covered shield with axe and spiked ball & chain

• picture of exotic birds (3ft by 3ft 5 ins)

• bridal gauntlet 17th century style

• Spanish breast plate (aged steel in colour)

• swept hilt rapier (40ins blade)

• framed Dutch tapestry (faded brown and cream)

• small masons sword (thin inscribed blade)

• genuine Cromwellian pike (17th century)

• 12ft reproduction halberd

• heavy siege type breast plate (17th century style)

• elephant gun, full wooden stock and matchlock mechanism (20ft long x 6ins diameter)

• early 19th century large gong (4ft sq)

• old breast and back plate with tassets

• left hand dagger (main gouch)

• antique standing lamp (Indian boy 5ft tall)

• picture of bow on the rocks (4ft6x3ft6)

• portrait of 17th cent man (3ft6x3ft)

• full size brass divers helmet with light inside

• ship builders sample- model of 19th century sailing ship hull (stats of ships capabilities on plaque) 4ft 6ins long

• two model galleons

• model galleon in bottle

• Persian style wall rug

• brass base for divers helmet

• various Rolls Royce ‘Spirit of ecstasy’ bonnet sculptures

• ships tavern wall plaque

• navy dirk

• Italian clock set (3 piece – clock and candelabras)

• Dalton Tea caddy

• various silver ornaments

• large Dalton punch bowl (Victorian skater figurines print)

• silver coffee set

• silver tray

• small print of Shakespeare

• various silver motocross trophies

• various pottery ornaments

• ships canon (3ft barrel) in small wooden carriage

• 3ft long canon with dolphin pattern in small wooden carriage

• various swords

• chain mail coif

• double barrelled percussion pistol

• two Turkish pistols

• heavy breast plate, gauntlet and morrian helmet (Iron)

• Cromwellian gorget

• two decorative mirrors (4ft by 3 ft)

• pair of French bayonets

• 2 by 3ft tall porcelain standing vases (white in colour)

• cavalry sword

• Japanese matchlock musket

• three Basket hilted broadsword

• various ethnic swords

• Afghan musket with tower lock

• pair of old prints (after the hunt)

• two portraits framed (3ft 6 by 3ft)

• picture of Victorian child sleeping ‘time for a nap’

• painting of horse (medium)

• horse in stable painting (medium)

• Queen Elizabeth 1st painting (medium)

• Chinese tea set

• large brass and porcelain lamp

• 30 various medium to large oil paintings

• large painting ‘Boy on the rocks’ in 12ins thick frame

• Charles 2nd painting

• Charles 1st (3 elevations of face)

• Louis 15th Painting

• reclining nude woman in oval frame

• original plaques from family coaches mostly northern aristocracy

• silver basket hilted broadsword

• two brass Victorian basket hilted broadswords

• Landsknecht sword (6-7ft long)

• various pole arms

• various helmets

• Japanese sword collection

• Japanese pole arms (2ft blades)

• gold sword in red velvet case with ruby’s - very decorative

• cased officers dirk

• de-activated flint lock pistol

• Tag Heuer watch – Model = WJ1116 S/n = DM7889

• Rolex gold watch (approx 25 years old) with diamonds on face

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