Police in Dumfries say items stolen during a break in at Dumfries Museum include gold medals from the 1924 Winter Olympic and 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
The theft occurred at the Museum on Rotchell Road last night on Wednesday at around 10.05pm.
A selection of other historic Curling Club medals, a silver gilt casket and the Provost’s Chain of Burgh of Maxwelltown were also stolen in the incident. The total value of the items stolen is still to be ascertained however it is estimated to exceed £34,000.
Police are keen to trace three individuals wearing dark clothing seen in the area around the time of the theft.
Chief Inspector Steven Lowther from Loreburn Street Police Station said: “Our investigation is still only at the preliminary stages however we can confirm that amongst the items stolen are two unique Olympic medals and four curling club medals
“It goes without saying that these items are distinctive and hold a huge amount of emotional attachment to the owners. We hope that someone may have some information on the location of these items, if they do, we would urge them to contact us.
“We are keen to trace the three individuals seen running away from the Museum around this time. It is believed they were last seen running on Rotchell Road in the direction of Park Farm. If you were in the area around this time or seen any suspicious activity please call police on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”