DETECTIVES investigating the theft of a large amount of antiques from the Hope Valley believe the stolen items may be offered to antique dealers in neighbouring counties.
People in the business are being asked to contact police if they are offered any of the items for sale.
Officers have been searching for the paintings and antiques since they were taken from a house in the Hope Valley some time between 5.15pm and 8.10pm on Tuesday, December 6.
The offender took silverware, including Victorian dishes, six goblets with a gold trim around the top and a pair of candlesticks, an antique silver cake basket and a three-piece tea set, dated from around 1820, as well as a large, silver handled tea tray from 1928. A pair of ornamental floral painted jugs, around six inches high and made by Royal Crown Derby, were among the chinaware taken. A marble lion and a pair of bronze busts were stolen, along with two oil paintings.
Police suspect the thieves may have been storing them for the past few months and could now be looking for auction houses or dealers to take them to.
Detective Constable Clive Mayhew said: “These burglars would have been experienced and we therefore believe they may have stored the antiques and lain low for a few months before trying to sell them on.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.