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Cast iron safe stolen in burglary
Monday 9th February, 2009

Thieves stole a cast iron 1930s safe during a burglary at a house in Wigan.

Between 8pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 31 January 2009, burglars broke into the house on Liverpool Road, Ashton In Makerfield.

A window at the rear of the house was smashed, security shutters were forced open and the offenders got into a room used as an office.

They managed to remove a cast iron safe dating back to the 1930s, which was about the size of a washing machine, and got it out of the house through the smashed window.

Officers investigating the theft believe that the burglars would most likely have had a vehicle waiting nearby due to the size and weight of the safe.

Scuff marks led down to the garden wall so it is thought the safe was lifted over and loaded into a vehicle waiting on Satinwood Close.

Various items were contained inside the safe:
A number of antique coins dating back to the 19th century.
World War II maps.
The deeds to the house.
A number of items of jewellery dating back to the 1930s.

Inspector Ian Arrowsmith from Hindley Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "These items are quite unusual and some of them are of sentimental value to the family.

"The safe is a cumbersome item to steal and somebody may well have seen these thieves struggling to load it into a vehicle.

"I would ask anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area that night or anyone who has been offered any of the unusual items from within the safe to contact police."

Anyone with information is asked to call police in Hindley on 0161 856 7436 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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