RINGS, watches and antique necklaces are among a treasure trove of jewellery recovered from break-ins to Moree homes during the past two years and police are looking for the pieces’ owners.
Barwon Local Area Command police have uncovered several stolen items, which they believe were taken during a string of Moree home burglaries during 2010 and before May 2011.
The haul includes pieces of gold and silver jewellery, precious stones and antique coins.
Barwon Local Area Command crime manager Gavin Rattenbury said he hoped police would be able to reunite people with their property very soon.
“We have determined that almost all of the property was stolen during residential break-and-enters in Moree prior to May 2011,” Detective Inspector Rattenbury said.
“Detectives have been working through the recovered property to identify the owners, detailing these pieces of jewellery.”
Detective Inspector Rattenbury said many of the pieces were inscribed with personal messages and would hold sentimental value for their owners.
“They meant something to someone, but we just need to find out exactly who they meant something to,” he said.
Barwon investigators have photographed the items and compiled a gallery, which is available to view at Moree Police Station and on the Barwon LAC Facebook page.
Police are urging people to view the gallery and to contact Barwon detectives at the police station on 6752 9499 if they can identify the owner of any pieces.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday a quantity of gold jewellery was stolen from a Urallie St home while the owners were out.
Detective Inspector Rattenbury said thieves were keen to take advantage of any situation, and reminded Moree residents to look out for their neighbours and be aware of what was happening in their area.
He said police were engaging in a number of strategies to target offenders but needed the help of the public.
“You know what looks out-of-place and who shouldn’t be walking your streets,” Detective Inspector Rattenbury said.
“If you see activity that is out-of-place, ring police and report it immediately – it may make all the difference.”