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Man charged over Edinburgh antiques theft

Shapes auction house Image copyright Google
Image caption Antiques worth about £100,000 were taken from Shapes auction house in December

A 53-year-old man has been charged in connection with the theft of antiques from an auction house in the west of Edinburgh.

Gordon McIntyre appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with theft by housebreaking.

He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

Police Scotland said about £100,000 worth of items were taken from Shapes on Bankhead Medway early on 7 December, 2013.

Officers confirmed they are still attempting to trace the stolen goods and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

The theft was investigated as part of Operation RAC, which was established to target housebreaking and other crimes against property.

Det Insp John Kavanagh said: "Since these items were stolen during a break-in last year, officers in Edinburgh have been pursuing numerous lines of inquiry to identify those responsible.

"These inquiries, undertaken as part of Operation RAC, have culminated in an arrest, while we continue with our efforts to trace the stolen antiques.

"Anyone who believes they have information that can assist with our investigation should contact police immediately."

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