A gang of thieves carried out an audacious heist at the Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum in Thoresby Park, Newark, Notts., in the early hours of Sunday, Oct. 29. The criminals drilled a hole through an archway and sawed through a floor to gain access to the museum. Among the stolen items are a distinctive parcel and gilt rosewater dish, believed to be the sister piece to the famous Wimbledon women’s singles trophy. The Hurlingham Grand Military Polo trophy, statuettes of mounted soldiers, and a cavalry trumpet were also taken.
Detectives from Nottinghamshire Police released footage showing the meticulous planning and execution of the burglary. The thieves drilled up through the ceiling after moving a display cabinet and burrowed through several layers of wood to reach the silver cabinet. The stolen items hold both monetary and sentimental value, not only to the military but also to the wider community in the area.
Steve Cox, curator for the Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum, expressed his dismay at the theft, stating that the stolen items are priceless to the museum. Detective Inspector Luke Todd described the heist as an audacious, planned, and targeted attack on a historic building. He urged anyone with information or who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward.
The stolen items are distinctive and difficult to sell, making their recovery a priority. The museum’s collection of firearms and other weapons remains intact. Nottinghamshire Police can be contacted at 101, quoting incident 273 of Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023. Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be reached at 0800 555 111.