A barge anchor weighing 400kg has been stolen from a yacht club’s compound in Barmouth, north Wales.
Local police believe the thieves would have required heavy lifting gear in order to make off with the large anchor.
Authorities suspect that the object was stolen sometime since the beginning of March.
Investigating officer PCSO Paul Duggan told the BBC: “Clearly the anchor is very heavy and would have required heavy lifting gear, a vehicle and a fair amount of time to take from the compound.
“Any vehicles used will have been parked in the adjacent harbour public car park and alongside the 10ft high boundary fence and so I’m hopeful someone will have witnessed the act.”
This isn’t the first time an incident of this kind has occurred, with a 4.5 tonne anchor being stolen from a sunken cargo ship off the Gower coast in 2012.