Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Masked Men Steal Priceless Collection

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Masked Men Steal Priceless Collection

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Byline: By Daniel James

A hunt was under way today for a gang of thieves who made off with a haul of precious items worth tens of thousands of pounds from historic Waddesdon Manor, home of the Rothschild Collection.

A gang of five men wearing boiler suits and balaclavas is believed to have broken into the National Trust-owned stately home near Aylesbury, Bucks, and made off with more than 100 gold boxes and a number of other valuable pieces.

Police said it was an organised raid by professionals who knew what they wanted.

Police using tracker dogs and a force helicopter carried out an extensive search and a car believed to have been used in the burglary was later found burned out and dumped.

The Rothschild name has become synonymous with extraordinary wealth but the family's roots can be traced to a Jewish ghetto of Frankfurt.

From there the Rothschilds created a powerful financial empire throughout Europe. Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild came to England in 1859 when he was just 20 and bought 3,000 acres of land in Buckinghamshire from the Duke of Marlborough in 1874. …

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