Samurai swords snatched in weekend looting spree
THREE Samurai swords have been stolen from an antiques shop in the centre of a Scots city.
The swords were part of a large haul of weapons including two air rifles and daggers taken from an antiques shop in Perth.
The owners of Love’s Antiques on the city’s Canal Street are said to be “terrified” that these weapons could be used to carry out a “planned attack”.
Examples of similar swords to those stolen in the raid
Last night Tayside Police urged anyone with any information to come forward.
The incident occurred between 6.30pm on Saturday and 10.45am on Sunday. Items of gold, vintage jewellery and petty cash were also snatched.
The thieves gained entry to the property through the back courtyard where they kicked large hole in the back door.
The estimated cost of the items stolen is said to exceed £5,000.
Mark Fairbrother, the shop’s managing director, said that the weaponry’s seller had decided to cease business due to the incident.
He said: “It is legal for over-18s to buy the items but they could be used to inflict harm.”
He added: “We are all gutted about the break-in – you just don’t think it will happen to you.
“A group of younger lads were in recently but we have notified the police of this fact.
“Obviously the loss of money is a problem for us but more importantly we don’t want to hear of anyone getting hurt.”
Police are now reviewing CCTV and conducting door-to-door inquiries.
Tayside police inspector Julie Robertson said: “We can confirm we are investigating a break-in to Love’s in Perth.
“Police will be carrying out several lines of inquiry with neighbouring premises, second-hand dealers and reviewing CCTV footage.
“We would appeal to second-hand dealers in the area to be particularly alert.”
Anyone with any information is being urged to contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222.
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