Shells and replica gun stolen from battery
ROBBERS have stolen wartime artillery shells and other exhibits from the Brixham Battery.
Thieves took two shells, an ammunition box, binoculars and a replica gun from a concrete pillbox used as a defence post during the Second World War.
Staff at the volunteer heritage centre were only alerted to the theft after police told them they had found the replica Bren gun nearby.
A check on the pillbox revealed locks had been removed from the steel doors to gain entry and then carefully put back in place to avoid immediate detection of the theft.
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Phil Trayhorn, chairman of the heritage group, said: "The police contacted us and asked if we had any missing items.
"The restored pillbox is one of our attractions and we found somebody had broken the locks on the steel doors.
"It seems they took the locks off and then put them back on.
"The cost of the items is not that high, maybe a bit more than £100, but it's very disappointing somebody would do this."
The group was set up in 1999 by volunteers to help restore the Brixham Battery and provide on-site information to the general public.
The pillbox forms part of the site but is not watched all the time.
Mr Trayhorn does not know whether the thieves struck in the day or at night.
He thinks the burglary probably took place sometime on Wednesday, May 23.
Anyone with information should call police on 101.