POLICE have been launched an appeal for the owner of a guitar which was among more than £350,000 of stolen items seized.

It followed the theft of two vehicles from the driveway of a house on Grosvenor Road on June 7.

The following day, officers tracked one of the cars to a unit at the rear of Maple Mill, on Groby Street, Oldham.

Upon arrival, they discovered the car had been almost completely stripped of its parts.

Officers searched the unit and found parts from 15 other recently stolen vehicles from Greater Manchester and surrounding areas including Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Merseyside, with a collective value of over £350,000.

A number of other items were recovered, all of which have been returned to their owners apart from a guitar, which has stickers on the back that spell “EVIE CE”, possibly the owner’s name.

Two men, aged 22 and 35, were arrested on suspicion of burglary and have since been released under investigation.

PC Jonathan Griffiths, of GMP’s vehicle intelligence unit said: “This guitar is the only item stolen in this audacious string of crimes that is yet to be traced to its rightful owner.

“It looks like it might have belonged to a child - the case has a cat toy attached and the guitar has distinctive stickers on it. Someone must know who ‘EVIE CE’ might be.

“If you do think you know the owner of this guitar, then please get in touch so we can reunite them with their stolen property.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6497, 101 quoting incident number 980 of 08/06/17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.