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Gold coins worth thousands stolen in burglary

PUBLISHED: 11:48 14 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:21 14 June 2018

Gold coins have been stolen in a burglary Picture: Getty/iStock

Gold coins have been stolen in a burglary Picture: Getty/iStock

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Gold coins worth thousands have been stolen in a burglary.

Thieves rifled through drawers and cupboards after they broke into a house in Welney on Wednesday morning.

They prised open a strongbox containing three Krugerrands, which were worth more than £1,000 apiece.

Jackie Keen and her partner Peter Whatley intended to give the coins to their grand children for 21st birthday presents.

Instead they came home to their house on the March Road to find that they had been burgled.

“Every single drawer and cupboard door was open,” said Ms Keen, 71.

“We went upstairs and it was a diabolical mess, they’d opened all the drawers and thrown them up in the air like confetti.”

Retired secretary Ms Keen also found rings which were of great sentimental value, which had been passed down through her family for generations had been taken.

“I had them valued a couple of years ago,” she said. “One was £500, one was £800, they were my mother’s and grandmother’s.”

Mr Whatley also lost around £35 in cash in the break-in, which happened between 9.40am and 11.30am.

The gang got into the house by forcing open a small window in a downstairs utility room.

Ms Keen, who moved to Welney from Bromley in Kent with her partner two years ago, said that the stress of dealing with the break-in and finding out what had been stolen had left her feeling “washed out”.

Krugerrands have been minted in South Africa for more than 50 years, as a means for private investors to own gold.

Each is made from an alloy which contains an ounce of the precious metal.

More than 50m of them have been made since production started in 1967.

During the Apartheid era, they were regarded as an illegal import by many western countries, as part of economic sanctions against the South African regime.

But the market for the coins, which, feature a portrait of South African statesman Paul Kruger, opened up after Apartheid was abandoned in 1991.

Police are appealing for information about the burglary. Anyone saw any suspicious activity in the area between the times stated should call Det Con Larissa Foreman, at Kings Lynn CID, on 101.

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