Friday, March 11, 2016

Police need help with tracing stolen stuffed animals worth £100,000

A chimpanzee wearing a top hat, a lion and a zebra are some of the stuffed animals worth £100,000 that have been stolen from a south London warehouse.

The theft took place at a taxidermy warehouse in Wandsworth on the evening of 1 March, at about 7:20pm, the Metropolitan Police said. It is believed the thieves arrived in a Luton van with a grey cab and white body, using axle grinders to break in.

They then made off with 18 stuffed animals. Detective Constable Edward Bird said: "This was not a random crime, the burglars had came prepared and well equipped. This was a criminal enterprise and these thieves need to be stopped before they commit further crimes.

"The items they stole are of high value and are very distinctive. I am appealing for anyone with information to contact police, in particular I would ask anyone who deals in such animals to be on the look-out and contact police immediately if you are offered any of the stolen items."

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