Surrey Police officers are appealing for help from the public to identify the owners of a large numbers of valuable items of jewellery which were recovered during a warrant at a cash brokers in Staines-upon-Thames.
The recovered items, numbering more than 600 in total, include jewellery, rings and watches, many believed to be very valuable.
Police believe a number of the recovered items may be the proceeds from burglaries or thefts carried out across the county and in London over recent months.
Detective Superintendent John Bosher said: “It is vital that we trace the rightful owners of the recovered items as quickly as possible so I am urging members of the public to look at the online pictures of the items and let us know if they recognise anything.
“We are doing everything possible to return the items but we can only do this if people visit www.pinterest.com/surreypolice, where they will find photos of the recovered items, and let us know who the jewellery and other objects pictured belong to.
“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who has been a victim of crime or who knows anyone who has been the victim of a burglary or theft across Surrey or in surrounding areas such as south west London, over the last year.
“Many of these items are very valuable, and are also likely to hold great sentimental value to those who have lost them, so it would be great to give them some good news and ensure they get their property back.
“We would also like to hear from anyone who used the shop to legitimately borrow cash under a ‘28 day buy back scheme’ as these items will have also been recovered in the seizure.
“This case highlights our commitment to relentlessly pursue those involved in burglary or the subsequent handling of property stolen from burglaries.”
Anyone who recognises any of the items on Pinterest, or has any information on where they came from should call Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference SL/13/6343, or call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.