Burglars made off with £100,000 worth of jewelry and cash in a raid on Dexion Capital founder Robin Bowie's home.
The thieves broke into Bowie's East Langton, U.K., estate on Jan. 10. After using a ladder to scale its six-foot-high perimeter wall and forcing open an upstairs window, the men tore out a hidden safe, using a garden wheelbarrow to remove it to their escape car.
The crooks were nearly caught by Bowie's wife, Sally, who arrived him in time to see them speed away.
"There was a combination of jewelry stolen," Bowie said. "Things that were from my father and from my wife's grandparents and parents, as well as things I had bought." Bowie has released some pictures of the stolen items, which police have asked dealers to consult.
"I think they knew what they were looking for," he added.
Bowie said his home, where he's lived for 19 years, has no security cameras, and he believes that the thieves cased the property using satellite and street-view images online.
Bowie's home is in Leicestershire, about 100 miles north of London.