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Police recover coins and jewellery haul in Dumbarton

Jewellery and coins
Image caption Police have launched an international search to trace the owners of the items

Stolen jewellery and coins which could be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds have been recovered during a police operation in Dumbarton.

The haul includes Spanish gold coins, South African Kruggerands and a diamond-encrusted Rolex watch which is thought to be worth a five-figure sum.

Police believe the items may come from several different robberies and do not belong to the one person.

They have appealed for anyone with information to get in touch.

The items were seized during a police operation last month.

'Bespoke designs'

Most of the jewellery is said to be "distinctive" with some items having been classed as "unique" with "possibly bespoke designs".

Other items include a gold pocket watch, antique gold chains and diamond rings.

Police have, so far, been unable to trace any owners.

Image caption Valuable coins were recovered by police

Det Sgt Martin Penny, of Strathclyde Police, said: "The jewellery is all different so I believe that they do not belong to one person but to many different people.

"The items range from antique gold to brightly coloured gold, and include a Rolex watch, a Baume and Mercier watch, gold and diamond rings, earrings, charm bracelets and other gold and diamond bracelets.

"Efforts to trace the owners of the items have taken our enquiries to places as far away as Hong Kong.

"Enquiries with Rolex have revealed that the watch was sent to a distributor there in 1992 but has since been altered by the addition of stones around the casing and on the bracelet. This would have had to have been done professionally."

Det Sgt Penny appealed for jewellers to come forward if they remembered carrying out any work on the Rolex.

He added: "I am not convinced that the coins or the jewellery are owned locally and so all police forces in the country have been alerted.

"We are very keen to reunite the items with their legitimate owners so would ask that anyone with information about the either the jewellery or the coins contact Dumbarton police office."

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