‘Stolen’ artwork and over £800okay in money linked to gallery heist 50 years in the past

'Stolen' art and over £800k in cash linked to gallery heist 50 years ago

Suspected stolen paintings and over £800,000 in money was discovered and linked to a gallery heist that happened 50 years in the past.

A sequence of dramatic police raids in Wirral uncovered the large haul that will have come from the Williamson Artwork Gallery in 1970.

Officers carried out a warrant at a property on Cunningham Drive, Bromborough, on September 21 earlier than releasing particulars to the general public.

Inside the home a considerable amount of money and a few paintings had been found and brought into proof.

A 68-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possessing legal property and theft.

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Officers then raided a second home on Oakridge Shut, in Birkenhead, the place they recovered much more paintings.

In an announcement, a spokesperson for Merseyside Police stated: “On 21 st September officers carried out one other warrant at a property on Cunningham Drive, Bromborough regarding the theft of paintings from the Williamson Artwork Gallery courting again to 1970.

“Contained in the property, officers situated a considerable amount of money believed to be in extra of £800,000 and suspected stolen paintings.

“A 68 yr previous man was arrested on the scene on suspicion of possession of legal property and theft.

“A second warrant was then executed at an handle on Oakridge Shut the place extra paintings was recovered.”

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