A devastated family have made a heartfelt appeal for the return of stolen jewellery worth more than £100,000 – and have pledged to pay a reward for the safe return of the rare items.
Thieves smashed their way into a house on Cathedral Street in Buckie and stole more than a dozen treasured items, including rare diamonds, an engagement ring and a wedding ring.
Detectives probing the break-in have released a series of images of the stolen items – and the victims have vowed to pay a £1,000 reward to anyone who provides information needed to crack the case.
In a statement released by police, the family, who have asked to remain anonymous, said: “The jewellery stolen has been collected throughout a lifetime and many of the items taken have sentimental value and cannot be replaced.
“We are devastated by what has happened and ask that anyone who may have information, no matter how small, which could assist police gets in touch with them.”
The rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets and earrings were taken at some point between 9pm on March 8 and 3pm on March 9.
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The haul included a platinum three-stone ring featuring round brilliant cut diamonds in six-claw setting, a 9-carat yellow gold Mabe pearl ring in a bezel setting and a platinum flower-shaped ring featuring six cabochon-cut green emeralds.
Also stolen were three round brilliant-cut diamonds in claw setting, an 18-carat yellow gold, illusion-set diamond solitaire engagement ring and an 18-carat yellow gold 6mm wide wedding ring, with diamond-cut edging.
Detective Sergeant George Nixon said: “This incident has understandably been very distressing for the property owners and we are carrying out a thorough investigation.
“I would appeal to anyone who may have been driving in the area and may have dashcam footage to check this and contact police.
“I would also urge anyone who has been offered items for sale to contact police.”