Do you recognise this family? - Picture could be victims of Romanian crime gang

A photo that was found by police in Romania could help reunite a family with stolen valuables and hold the key to an international crime operation.

Monday, 29th June 2020, 10:45 am
Updated Monday, 29th June 2020, 10:46 am

The discovery was made by Romanian law enforcement who are investigating an alleged burglary gang, 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 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.

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A photograph found during an investigation into Romanian crime gangs.
A photograph found during an investigation into Romanian crime gangs.

“In the course of their enquiries colleagues in Romania have found a large amount of property including watches, jewellery, silverware and two 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.”

A letter found during an investigation into Romanian crime gangs.

Det Sgt Tom Grundey, 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.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Derbyshire Police reference 20*304810.