A devastated Fordham family are desperate for information about the whereabouts of a treasured rocking horse stolen from their home on Christmas Eve.
The horse, a family heirloom, was made by renowned Kent-based rocking horse makers Stevenson Brothers, and was taken from the family’s home on Christmas Eve.
The thieves had forced their way in through a temporary entrance which had been put in place while repairs were being carried out following a previous break-in eight days before.
In total furniture and electrical equipment worth around £45,000 was stolen, but the most precious possession taken was the rocking horse bearing a plaque, Rupert’s Choice, which is valued at around £6,000.
At the end of last month Essex detectives arrested a 45-year-old man and a 30-year-old women at a cottage in Boxted where more than 1,000 items, believed to have been stolen from burglaries in Essex and Suffolk during the last few months of 2013 and in January this year, were discovered. The couple have been charged and are currently in custody awaiting trial at Chelmsford Crown Court in April.
Investigating Officer, Ds Nick Eliot, said: “We recovered some photographs of the rocking horse from the property in Boxted and want to hear from anyone who has been sold it during the past few weeks to get in touch with us.
“Sadly, anyone who has bought it is now in possession of stolen property and so is also potentially committing an offence. However, more importantly, we would like to reunite this treasured, valued rocking horse with its owner and his family.
“The father bought it in 1996 for his youngest son and it is a family heirloom which obviously cannot be replaced. It had been a permanent fixture in the house.”
Anyone with information about the rocking horse should contact Witham police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.