Thieves climbed a two-metre excessive wall to steal antiques from the nation residence of a multi-millionaire entrepreneur.
The 4 suspects, who have been captured on CCTV, raided the house of Prof Sir Christopher Evans in Bibury, Gloucestershire, on 9 July and took diamond rings, tiaras and bracelets.
The theft had a “devastating” impact on Sir Christopher’s spouse, Girl Anne, because of the sentimental nature of the gadgets.
A “substantial money reward” has been provided for data.
The CCTV footage captured the gang carrying gadgets in a log basket throughout the grounds earlier than placing them in a silver or gray Audi S5 and heading in direction of Cirencester.
Vintage gadgets taken embody diamond rings, gold brooches, a tiara, a Cartier bracelet, a choker, silver candlesticks and three Artwork Nouveau silver rose bowls.
It’s estimated the gadgets stolen within the housebreaking – which occurred between 17:00 and 20:00 on Monday 9 July – have a price of a minimum of £1m.
In an announcement, Sir Christopher, an internationally famend life sciences entrepreneur, mentioned: “The actual ache comes from what these stolen gadgets imply and symbolise in our lives.
“Anne’s engagement ring was her late father’s signet ring – the one factor she has left of him. The diamond ring I purchased my spouse when our first little one was born price nearly our total financial savings at that time.”
He added the couple had “at all times taken safety across the property very significantly and we’ve clearly stepped up safety with 24-hour canine patrols across the property”.
Det Con Faye Satchwell-Bennett, from Gloucestershire Constabulary, mentioned the housebreaking has had a “marked affect” on the victims, and requested that antiques sellers to be looking out for any of the gadgets.