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Do you recognise any of these stolen Brighton treasures?

The Argus: Do you recognise any of these stolen Brighton treasures? Do you recognise any of these stolen Brighton treasures?

This corner of Brighton police station resembles an “Aladdin's Cave” of stolen treasures.

Officers have recovered an array of stolen items taken in a series of burglaries from the communal areas of flats and other properties across the city.

But they are still hunting for other items reported stolen, including a stolen Salvador Dali statue worth £24,000.

Officers at John Street Station in Brighton are trying to reunite a painting, signs, brass door knobs, fittings, antiques and ornaments with their owners.

They are believed to have been stolen in about 30 crimes around Brighton and Hove between March and October last year.

A Sussex Police spokesman said the station has been temporarily transformed into an “Aladdin's Cave” of treasures.

He added: “But good police work has since resulted in many items being traced and recovered.

“Detectives now have the problem of re-uniting recovered items with their rightful owners, and so they are urging anyone who has lost possessions to get in touch.”

Detective Constable Richard Valder-Davis (COR) added: "Most of the properties targeted were large, historic apartment blocks in Brighton and Hove.

“The items recovered are all unique and identifiable.

“Unfortunately some valuables known to have been stolen are still missing.

“They include a limited edition, bronze statue Horse Saddled With Time created by the prominent Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali, worth an estimated £24,000.

“Operation Magpie, of which this investigation forms a part under its own name, Operation Steele, was launched by Sussex Police to tackle burglaries countywide.”

Anyone with information, either about the owners of items or details which may help detectives with ongoing enquiries, is asked to phone Sussex Police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting Operation Steele.

Look at the property at http://property.sussex-police.co.uk/view/property.

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7:24am Thu 16 Jan 14

Angryoldman says...

Treasures? Where did the police find them, on the local tip? I would be too embarrassed to claim any of that old junk!
Treasures? Where did the police find them, on the local tip? I would be too embarrassed to claim any of that old junk! Angryoldman
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11:56am Thu 16 Jan 14

Goldenwight says...

Angryoldman wrote:
Treasures? Where did the police find them, on the local tip? I would be too embarrassed to claim any of that old junk!
There certainly doesn't look to be any of the traditional fare of the burglar there- no iPads, TVs, DVD players etc. But I'm sure it is all loved by somebody- loved so much in fact that they can't be bothered to either report it stolen or go to the Police station and pick it up!
[quote][p][bold]Angryoldman[/bold] wrote: Treasures? Where did the police find them, on the local tip? I would be too embarrassed to claim any of that old junk![/p][/quote]There certainly doesn't look to be any of the traditional fare of the burglar there- no iPads, TVs, DVD players etc. But I'm sure it is all loved by somebody- loved so much in fact that they can't be bothered to either report it stolen or go to the Police station and pick it up! Goldenwight
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1:14pm Thu 16 Jan 14

John Fallon says...

They might look like junk to you but some of them are quite valuable - like hundreds of pounds valuable. A lot of them have been jemmied out of historic buildings and there have been scores of reports to police about it. I alone know two people whose door furniture was stolen overnight and both cases were reported, to be told that there had been many other instances. The police took it seriously and have nabbed someone in possession of trunkloads of the stuff. Good. Now let's see if the courts find the person guilty.
They might look like junk to you but some of them are quite valuable - like hundreds of pounds valuable. A lot of them have been jemmied out of historic buildings and there have been scores of reports to police about it. I alone know two people whose door furniture was stolen overnight and both cases were reported, to be told that there had been many other instances. The police took it seriously and have nabbed someone in possession of trunkloads of the stuff. Good. Now let's see if the courts find the person guilty. John Fallon
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2:12pm Thu 16 Jan 14

factchris says...

There's one Brighton treasure that I recognise... Mr Valder-Davis! ;)
There's one Brighton treasure that I recognise... Mr Valder-Davis! ;) factchris
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5:59pm Thu 16 Jan 14

scuba1 says...

Doesn't really look like an aladdins cave now does it ?
Doesn't really look like an aladdins cave now does it ? scuba1
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6:55pm Thu 16 Jan 14

ARMANA says...

Car boot junk, !!!
Car boot junk, !!! ARMANA
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