Steiff teddy bears stolen in Faversham burglary

Steiff teddy
Image caption Police said the burglar clearly knew the value of the stolen collections

A collection of valuable Steiff teddy bears is among items worth tens of thousands of pounds stolen from the home of an elderly woman in Kent.

The German bears, which are highly prized by collectors, were stolen from the property in Faversham, in what police said was a "professional" job.

Antique jewellery and collections of china and ceramics were also stolen from the house.

Kent Police said the 76-year-old woman had been collecting them for decades.

Det Sgt Scott Machin said the burglar clearly knew the value of the haul.

He said: "Many of these items are worth hundreds or thousands of pounds individually, but the sentimental value behind them is even greater.

"The victim is a vulnerable woman who is desperate to get any of the pieces back."

The burglary took place while the property was empty on 6 February.

"I strongly appeal to anyone who may have bought, been offered, or has knowledge of the whereabouts of these stolen items so we can reunite them with the owner," said Mr Machin.

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