NSW police probe after art works, stamps and coin collection stolen

Police are investigating the theft of paintings, stamps, coins and jewellery believed to be worth in excess of $250,000 from a property in Sydney’s south west yesterday, NSW Police say.

The items stolen include two antique oil paintings from Spain and South America, a stamp collection believed to be worth $150,000 and a coin collection valued at $20,000.

Detectives from Fairfield Local Area Command were told the pieces were possibly stolen from the home in Melbourne Road between 8am and 1.45pm yesterday.

“These distinctive works, depicting religious icons were hung in rooms within the property” said Fairfield Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Ed Walsh.

“Three albums – one containing a coin collection and two containing a stamp collection were also taken from the premises, along with three laptops and jewellery”

The two paintings are believed to be valued at $32,000.

Detective Inspector Walsh said inquiries into the break-in were continuing and investigators are now appealing for anyone with information about the theft to come forward.

“In particular we would like to speak to anyone who witnessed suspicious behaviour in the vicinity of Melbourne Road yesterday, as well as anyone with information on any of these collectable pieces for sale,” he said.

“I understand that these pieces are all quite unique and should attract attention if being sold through galleries or to private collectors.”

Anyone with information to assist police should contact Fairfield Detectives on (02) 9728 8399 or Crime Stopers.