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Police are hoping to return thousands of items – including Rolex watches and diamond rings – to their rightful owners after they were stolen by a prolific gang in hundreds of burglaries.

The 12-man gang of family members stole jewellery, money, guns and high-powered German cars worth a total of £2m in a crime spree targeting homes and businesses in more than five counties.

The men were jailed last month for more than 200 burglaries in Cambridgeshire and its surrounding counties between 9 December 2016 and 9 January 2018.

Police are looking to return thousands of stolen items. Pic: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
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Police are looking to return thousands of stolen items. Pic: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Police are calling on victims to reclaim their possessions. Pic: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
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Twelve people have been jailed over the burglaries. Pic: Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Gang members wearing balaclavas would smash or force open doors or windows before making off with the items.

Power tools, cameras and a Kuwait War medal are among the extensive collection of stolen items.

Cambridgeshire Police are urging owners to come forward, along with any proof of purchase or photographs of items.

The items were taken in more than 200 burglaries. Pic: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
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The items were taken in more than 200 burglaries. Pic: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Do you recognise these items? Pic: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
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Do you recognise these items? Pic: Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Nine members of the gang pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary. They include:

:: Charlie Albert Webb, 20, from Newton Flotman, Norfolk, who was jailed for five years.

:: John Eli Loveridge, 42, from Carleton Rode, Norfolk, who was jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

:: John Stanley Loveridge, 23, from Carleton Rode, Norfolk, who was jailed for six-and-a-half years.

:: Joseph Holmes, 21, from Willingham, who was jailed for four years.

:: Danny Stone-Parker, 28, from Great Dunmow, who was jailed for six-and-a-half years.

:: Timothy Stone-Parker, 24, from Ely, who was jailed for six-and-a-half years.

:: Joe John Spencer Loveridge, 19, from Sandy, Bedfordshire, who was jailed for four years.

:: Richard Oakley, 27, from Beck Row, Suffolk, who was jailed for five years.

:: Johnny Oakley, 25, from Beck Row, Suffolk, who was jailed for five-and-a-half years.

The items are worth up to £2m. Pic: Cambridgeshire Constabulary
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The items are worth up to £2m. Pic: Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Simon Oakley, 45, from Hempnall, Norwich, was found guilty of conspiracy to burgle following a trial in October, last year, and was jailed for nine years.

Two others – James Pateman, 55, of no fixed abode, and Thomas Brown, 54, from Chesterton, Cambridge – were found guilty of handling stolen goods. Pateman was sentenced to three-and-a-half years and Brown was jailed for eight years.

Click here to see all the items police are trying to return.

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