Men wearing balaclavas steal guns from Masham home

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary in the Masham area which involved the theft of three licensed firearms and numerous silver items.

The incident occurred around 9.50pm on Wednesday, September 19.

Two men wearing balaclavas broke into the property.

They made off with a 28 bore shot gun made by the Australian company Cowles and Dunn, as well as 12 bore shotgun and a .22 rifle fitted with a silencer.

Other valuable and sentimental items taken in the incident included:

  • A silver christening mugs engraved with floral decoration, Birmingham, 1863
  • A silver christening pot/mug, Wilson & Gill, Regent Street, London, 1900
  • Filigree caddy spoon
  • A rectangular hinged trinket box, Barrett & Sons, Piccadilly, London
  • A silver heart-shaped pill box, London, 1891
  • A silver partridge – one of an identical pair
  • Halcyon Days enamel circular boxes, one decorated with a bee.
  • Circular tooled snuff box, Birmingham, 1927
  • A small rectangular Vinaigrette with “LAB” on lid
  • A silver carriage clock in red leather case, Carrington & Co
  • A silver chatelaine with six chains including a pin cushion, locket with photo of a child, vinaigrette, scissors /case, spike, thimble in basket, tape measure, larger locket with hair, thermometer case
  • silver scissors
  • Silver heart-shaped Victorian Ashtray, Foliage & Birds
  • An Apple iPhone 5SE
  • A Landline telephone handset

Officers say they are supporting the home owner while enquiries are ongoing to track the suspects down and recover the firearms and personal items.

They are urging people to come forward who may have been offered similar items for sale since the incident, as well as any suspicious behaviour in the Masham area during the past week.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Please quote reference number 12180175817 when providing details about this incident.

These are photos of some of the items taken: