Burglars have stolen £1m worth of artifacts from Arundel Castle, West Sussex including the gold rosary beads carried by Mary Queen of Scots at her execution in 1587, several coronation cups, and other gold and silver treasures just days after the castle museum reopened.
At around 10:30 PM local time, museum staff heard the burglar alarm go off and called the police.
By the time police have arrived, the unidentified burglars have already escaped and the items were missing from their display cabinets.
Detectives that were sent to the castle suspected that a 4X4 vehicle found on fire in nearby Barlavington is linked to the crime.
Marc Clothier, the local policing superintendent for West Sussex that they believed the burglary was well planned due to the items that were stolen.
“The stolen items have significant monetary value, but as unique artifacts of the Duke of Norfolk’s collection have immeasurably greater and priceless historical importance,” said a spokesperson for Arundel Castle’s trustees.
Police urged anyone who has information about the theft or stolen items to contact the police online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Deuce or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously.
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