VICTORIAN coins were among the items stolen during a spate of break-ins at sheds in Bestwood Village.
Up to a dozen raids are said to have happened at various properties on Moor Road in the early hours of the morning.
One of the victims was Derek Wright, who reported the mini-crimewave to the Dispatch. He says the thieves managed to scale an eight-foot tall fence, topped with barbed wire, to get into his garden and shed.
It was from his property that the coins, which belong to his son, were taken.
The thieves tried to take a chest full of the coins but couldn’t flee with it because it was too heavy. They pocketed some of the coins instead.
They also took 11 bobbins of copper wire, a lawn-mower and a mini-motorbike.
Mr Wright said: “It has got to the stage where, when you go on holiday, you leave something out for the birds and something for the burglars.”
He estimates that the robbers got away with approximately £150 worth of items from his shed.
“We found the chest left behind,” he said. “It must have been too heavy for them but they took some of the items from inside, including some in presentation cases.
“Nothing like this has ever happened before. Looking at where the chest was left, the thieves must have been heading in the direction of Hucknall.”
Mr Wright says items including garden equipment, tools and cycles were taken from sheds at other homes in the village on the same night (Friday May 20).
Anyone with information is asked to ring the police on 0300 3009999. Alternatively, call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.