Thieves cut through a hedge and crossed farmers fields to steal an ornate gypsy caravan from outside a home in Gorefiled.
The audacious thieves used some kind of vehicle to tow the bow-topped, ornately decorated caravan across the field before stashing it behind a thick conifer hedge.
They also took a four-wheel cart, again ornately decorated in cream and burgundy with a black and white horse motif painted on it by the vehicle’s owner, a two-wheel exercise cart and all the harnesses including head-collars during the theft last Monday night.
The owners, who don’t want to be named, are very upset at the loss of all their equipment and are hoping that someone may be able to help them trace the caravan, which has huge sentimental value.
The green-topped caravan, which is at least 50 years old and has all its original fittings inside, is highly ornate with brown/burgundy decoration, which also includes the horse head motifs.
Some items taken at the same time were found abandoned behind conifers off High Side in Wisbech St Mary, so it is thought that is where the caravan was hidden on the night it was stolen, it would have been moved soon afterwards - probably the next night.
“It was obviously a planned theft, they came equipped to cut the hedge down, and it is quite horrifying to think that someone has been watching and waiting to do us over as we go about our everyday lives. We have had a lot of fun with the caravan over the time we have had it, which is about 10 years.
“We have enjoyed holidays in it, days out and picnics with it,” said the owner, who estimates it is worth around £6,000.
“It is very distinctive, so whoever took it will probably have to keep it stored for a while until the heat has died down enough for them to dispose of it. We desperately want it back and appeal to people to keep their eyes open for it. We would also like to hear from anyone who might have seen it on a trailer, probably being transported at night,” said the woman, who added: “We have friends in the travelling community and they are all horrified about what’s happened and have said they will help us if they can.
“We would also appeal to those who took it and might be finding it hard to hide or dispose of to leave it somewhere where it can be found and returned to us.”
Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800-555-111 or the Citizen on 01945-586135.