Officers are appealing for help identifying the people pictured in a photo that was found by police in Romania.
The discovery was made by Romanian law enforcement who are investigating an alleged burglary gang in conjunction with officers from Derbyshire Constabulary’s International Liaison Office and Opal, a national intelligence team focusing on the discovery and development of intelligence associated with cross border serious organised acquisitive crime both across the UK and internationally.
The group are believed to have been active across the UK – in particular the Midlands – as well as Western Europe.
Following a warrant at a house in Vaslui county two weeks ago officers are now appealing for the public’s help.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Kershaw, who leads Derbyshire Constabulary’s International Liaison Office, said: “Crime does not see borders – and our work with partners across the world is a key part to keeping Derbyshire, and the whole of the UK, safe.
“In the course of their enquiries colleagues in Romania have found a large amount of property including watches, jewellery, silverware and two very distinctive items which we believe originate from the UK.”
The first is a picture of a woman and two children and the second is a note that says:
Richard – July 18th ‘95
To wake you up and so come home safely, love Mum and Dad. The Global Virgin Challenge.
Detective Sergeant Tom Grundey, from the Opal team, said: “Often items stolen during burglaries are worth more in memories than in their monetary value – and I am sure this is the case with these two items.
“Our hope is that, with the public’s help, that we can find the owners of these two items and begin to understand where other victims may be located.
“Myself and the Operation Opal team work daily to help detect and disrupt international crime and bring those responsible to justice.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Derbyshire police using the below methods, including reference 20*304810 in any correspondence:
Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us
Phone – call us on 101.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.