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Is 'treasure' in 'Aladdin's Cave' yours?

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 07:56 01 August 2010

BURGLARY victims from across the region are being invited to view an "Aladdin's Cave" of property recovered as part of an ongoing investigation by Suffolk police.

BURGLARY victims from across the region are being invited to view an “Aladdin's Cave” of property recovered as part of an ongoing investigation by Suffolk police.

More than 300 items were recovered from a property in Stonham Aspal in mid Suffolk last month - and they now fill four rooms at Halesworth Police Station, where they will be on view on a number of days, beginning on Monday.

The valuable haul includes antique furniture, paintings, ornaments, silverware and jewellery.

Officers have already had some success matching owners and their property with items found to have come from burglaries in Essex and Suffolk and detectives say it is possible some items could belong to people in the Norfolk and Waveney area.

They are now asking anyone who may have lost items in the past few years to get in touch to try to speed up the process of trawling through existing records.

Det Insp David Rutterford said: “Officers have been working for six weeks to photograph and catalogue the items, and have been researching crimes and working with neighbouring forces to try to identify where they may have come from.

“As you will appreciate this is no easy task and we are asking anyone who may have been a victim of a burglary where similar objects were taken to get in touch with us so we can see if your property is among the items recovered.

“To value the haul would be a lengthy process, but it is fair to say there is thousands of pounds worth of property that we would like to get back to its rightful owners.”

The pieces recovered range from small flower ornaments and delicate antique jewellery through to wooden furniture, paintings and even a framed James Bond film poster.

The haul also includes a folding bicycle, several old-style gramophones, a CB radio and

a miniature model of the Taj Mahal.

Suffolk police will be holding several viewing days in Halesworth between Monday, February 2 and Sunday, February 15.

Anyone who thinks there may be property belonging to them in the collection is being invited to call a special hotline number on 01986 835319 and make an appointment to see the items. A selection of items is also available to view on the Suffolk police website at www.suffolk.police.uk

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