Art burglars who stole a work by 17th Century master Anthony Van Dyck might presumably want outdated a ship to interrupt out after the heist, police comprise said.
A Soldier On Horseback by the Flemish artist, a number one court docket painter below King Charles I, dates from spherical 1616.
The work changed into amongst three stolen from the University of Oxford’s Christ Church Describe Gallery on Saturday.
Thames Valley Police said a ship might presumably want been outdated “to entry and leave the positioning”.
The thieves additionally made off with A Boy Ingesting (c. 1580) by Annibale Carracci, and A Rocky Hover, With Troopers Discovering out a Concept (slack 1640s) by Salvator Rosa.
Det Insp James Mather said: “Here is good a hypothesis today, but we would love to listen to from anyone who has had their boat stolen these days or has noticed any queer process spherical where their boats are docked.
“We are at the delivery asking of us with boats per the River Cherwell or the River Thames near Oxford to salvage entangled if it is likely you’ll presumably presumably comprise got noticed any queer process.
“Ought to you saw the rest queer on these rivers on Saturday evening, we would additionally question you to salvage entangled.
“Also, please compose a list if you gaze any abandoned boats which comprise appeared for the explanation that early hours of Sunday morning.”
A Christ Church Faculty spokesman said workers had at the delivery alerted police to the theft of the “crucial cultural artefacts”, and the gallery will be closed unless extra peep.