Anti-theft alarms alerted Arundel Castle staff on a Friday night at 10.30pm (5.30pm ET) and stole items of “great historical significance” from the display case, according to a Sussex police statement released on Sunday. .
The rosaries and the bible that belonged to Mary, queen of the Scots (1542-1587). Credit: Epics / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
“The stolen items have significant monetary value, but as unique artifacts from the Duke of Norfolk’s collection they have immeasurably greater and invaluable historical importance,” a spokesman for Arundel Castle administrators said.
“Therefore, we urge anyone with information to report to the police to help them return these treasures wherever they belong.”
Police are investigating an abandoned vehicle found in flames in a nearby village shortly after the robbery.
Detective Molly O’Malley, an agent of the Chichester Department of Criminal Investigation, called on members of the public to come forward if they saw any suspicious activity around the castle on Friday evening.
The objects were stolen from this display case, police said. Credit: Sussex Police
“The castle was only reopened to visitors on Tuesday, May 18, so if you’re visiting for the past few days, do you remember the reflection that someone was behaving suspiciously?” O’Malley said in the statement. .
Arundel Castle was built in the late 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel, according to the castle’s website.
It was badly damaged in two sieges during the English Civil War in the mid-17th century and repairs were not made until about 1718.
A complete restoration project was completed in 1900 by Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk (1847-1917), who installed electric light and central heating.
Coronavirus blocking restrictions eased further in England last week, with tourist attractions such as stately homes and museums reopening to visitors for the first time in months.
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